‘The Sacrifice’ Trailer: The Restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Final Film

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Final Film

Kino Repertory has revealed the official domestic trailer for the recent 4K restoration of acclaimed director Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film The Sacrifice, starring Sven Vollter, Erland Josephson, Allan Edwall, Valerie Mairesse, Gudron S Gisladottir, and Susan Fleetwood.

Gorgeously shot by Ingmar Bergman’s cinematographer Sven Nykvist, the film takes viewers to the anxious edge of World War III, where one family faces the looming horror.

The Sacrifice plays at the 55th New York Film Festival on October 14. It then opens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on October 20 and expands through early 2018. You can check out the trailer below.

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Final Film

A new theatrical poster for the new 4K restoration has also been released.

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Final Film

Famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final masterpiece, The Sacrifice is a haunting vision of a world threatened with nuclear annihilation that inspired Andrew Sarris (The Village Voice) to proclaim, “You may find yourself moved as you have never been moved before.”

As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of their patriarch Alexander, news of the outbreak of World War III reaches their remote Baltic island — and the happy mood turns to horror. The family descends into a state of psychological devastation, brilliantly evoked by Tarkovsky’s arresting palette of luminous greys washing over the bleak landscape around their home.

For Alexander, a philosopher troubled about man’s lack of spirituality, the prospect of certain extinction compels the ultimate sacrifice, and he enters into a Faustian bargain with God to save his loved ones from the fear which grips them. The director’s last film, made as he was dying of cancer, The Sacrifice is Tarkovsky’s personal statement, a profoundly moving, redemptive tragedy steeped in unforgettable imagery and heart-wrenching emotion.