Andrei Tarkovsky / USSR 1962 / 1h35m / Digital / Russian and German with English subtitles
Cast: Kolya Burlyaev, Irina Tarkovskaya, Valentine Zubkov, Yevgeny Zharikov.
Andrei Tarkovsky’s first feature is in many ways an orthodox Russian film of its period. Ivan (Kolya Burlyaev) is a teenage Soviet spy on the German front in World War II who undertakes dangerous missions behind enemy lines, until the inevitable mission from which there is no return. Many of Tarkovsky’s later images and themes are already present and correct: Ivan silently wading through still water, eerily immanent forestscapes, the poetry of forbidden zones, and life-and-death struggles played out in slow motion.