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The Sacrifice


Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Sweden, France, 1986
Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Swedish
  • English, French, German, Italian


News of WWIII breaks out during the festivities of drama critic Alexander’s birthday celebration. With the end of the world nigh, he turns to God and vows to renounce everything near and dear to him, if the war is averted.

Our take

The great Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris, Stalker) passed away at 54 after an all-too-short career. The Sacrifice, completed while he was dying, is one of cinema’s greatest swansongs: a visual tour-de-force, and a heartbreaking goodbye from a father to a son. Available in HD!

The Sacrifice Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1986 | 4 wins including: Best Artistic Contribution

BAFTA Awards

1988 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

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