• Director

    Andrei Tarkovsky

  • With

    Kolya Burlyaev, Irina Tarkovskaya, Valentin Zubkov

  • USSR 1962. 94min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    PG

  • English subtitles

Tarkovsky’s first feature – about a Soviet teenager engaged in espionage missions on the German front during World War Two – is also one of his finest: visually impressive, emotionally direct, eschewing the symbolism and portentousness of some of his later films. Tarkovsky admired Bresson’s work for its uncompromising artistry, its ‘ascetic’ vision of the world and its simplicity – all to be found here.