Special presentation: cfi benefit screening

Andrei Tarkovsky’s ANDREI RUBLEV


New digital restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1966 masterpiece!

First Ottawa screening in 15 years!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7:00 PM

Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery
10 Daly Ave. (Level 3)

Tarkovsky is for me the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.
— Ingmar Bergman


Andrei Tarkovsky, U.S.S.R. 1966, 205 minutes

Tarkovsky’s extraordinary second feature is considered by many to be the finest Soviet film of the postwar era. Andrei Rublev presents several imaginary episodes in the life of its title character, a 15th-century Russian Orthodox monk and religious icon painter. While little is known about the historical Rublev; Tarkovsky renders him as a man clinging desperately to his faith in God and art in a world of overwhelming, often astonishing cruelty and barbarism.

The allegorical significance of the film was clearly not lost on the Soviet censors — Rublev’s artistic struggles could stand in for of any number of contemporary artists whose work was monitored by Soviet authorities — and, after stunning Moscow audiences at the end of 1966, the film was banned for five years. In 1969, however, even a substantially edited version still won the International Critics Prize at Cannes.

This presentation is of the original, full-length version intended by Tarkovsky. Essential viewing. (Includes a ten-minute intermission.)

More about the film:
Janus Films

More about the filmmaker:

It is a film of spiritual power and epic grandeur, re-creating fifteenth-century Russia with a vividness unmatched by any historical film I can think of.
— Philip French
Its greatness as movie-making immediately evident, Andrei Rublev was also the most historically audacious Soviet production since Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible
— J. Hoberman, Village Voice

This evening is a benefit screening for the Canadian Film Institute, enabling us to keep bringing you the best of classic and contemporary world cinema.

The CFI is a non-profit, non-governmental registered charity.

In addition to its ongoing Canadian programming, the CFI organizes several annual international film festivals, including the European Union Film Festival (27 films in 2018), Bright Nights (8 films in 2018), the Latin American Film Festival (18 films in 2018), and the Ottawa International Animation Festival (138 screenings/talks in 2018).

For only $250, a CFI Ambassador Membership will allow you free entrance to regular CFI screenings for one year. Read more about CFI Memberships.


  • General Admission: $20

  • CFI Members, OAG Members, Seniors, Students, Children: $15

  • CFI Ambassador Members: FREE

All prices include HST.

Tickets are available online or at the door.
We accept cash, credit, and debit at our box office.

CFI ‘Admit One’ cards will not be accepted as a valid ticket for this event.

The Ottawa Art Gallery is fully accessible. See their website for directions and parking.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which this event will be held is part of unceded Algonquin territory.