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PROJECTIONS: Andrei Tarkovsky’s metaphysical dream zone: Day Course
Sat 8 April 2017, 10:30 – 17:30 BST
Andrei Tarkovsky’s films are known for their interminable beauty, poetry, and mystery; engaging with the beloved director’s outstanding body of work calls for an absolute immersion in the visual domain, as well as patience, imagination, and a profound faith in the creative process. Tarkovsky’s innovative cinematic language is neither conventional nor especially plot-driven, but instead focuses on inner worlds of characters, existential crises and spiritual quests. His primary method was to “sculpt time” by fixing reality, preserving passing moments with exceptionally long takes, a cinematography forever lingering, observing; generating a mosaic of time, gaining access to a metaphysical dream zone on the silver screen.
This day course focuses on three titles from Tarkovsky’s acclaimed repertoire: Andrei Rublev, Solaris and Stalker. Psychoanalysis will serve a vital function as the primary theoretical framework, facilitating a multitude of interpretations and searching for possibilities in “dream rooms” through which Tarkovsky moved with great ease. By combining group discussion with an appreciation of the Russian auteur’s artistic vision, we will attempt to uncover and reassess unconscious connections to these celebrated works within the film medium.
Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown on the day:
Session 1 – Andrei Rublev (1966): the life, times and afflictions of 15th-century Russian icon painter
Session 2 - Solaris (1972): mysterious phenomena taking place aboard a space station orbiting a fictional planet
Session 3 - Stalker (1979): guide leads two men through the Zone to find a room that grants wishes
9.30am - open
10am - first session
12pm - lunch break
12.45pm - second session
2.45pm - tea break
3pm - third session
5pm - finish
Tea and coffee will be provided during both breaks.
Please note: there is no cafe on site, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be consumed in the classroom.
PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in Freudian theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.