• February 25, 2014

Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky:
Movie Night at Heart’s Home

L: Michal Leszczylowski
R: Dmitry Trakovsky

By Wendy Davis, pho­tog­ra­pher

"I have attended a couple Movie Nights in Brooklyn and I con­fess that I would really love to see more of these screening events orga­nized by Heart’s Home.

This Andrei Tarkovsky doc­u­men­tary was par­tic­u­larly inter­esting because we had the pres­ence of both the film­maker, Dmitry Trakovsky and renowned Polish-born nat­u­ral­ized Swedish film editor Michal Leszczylowski, who edited Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice.

What gave the evening depth was Father Paul’s intel­li­gent thoughtful intro­duc­tion to the film as well as back­ground on the film maker, the editor and on Tarkovsky him­self. In addi­tion to showing the film there was a very stim­u­lating and intel­lec­tual dia­logue fol­lowing the film among the audi­ence, Father Paul, the film maker and the editor vis­iting from Europe. The level of the con­ver­sa­tions and enthu­siasm of the par­tic­i­pants was well beyond col­lege level.

Dmitry’s style of doc­u­men­tary making - the use of inter­views as a means of under­standing Tarkovsky, not only as an artist but as a “flesh and blood” human being - helped the viewers gain a broad pic­ture of Tarkosvky’s life and work.

I per­son­ally enjoyed meeting new people involved in var­ious aspects of the arts com­mu­nity, who not only enjoyed the film, but also enjoyed the spirit of cama­raderie. The gen­eral atmo­sphere cre­ated at the Heart’s Home’s film screening has actu­ally inspired me per­son­ally to want to con­tinue my own work."

To read some excerpts from the Q&A with Dmitry Trakovsky
and Michal Leszczylowski,

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