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. With the end of the world nigh, Alexander turns to God and vows to renounce everything near and dear to him, if the war is averted.
Completed while he was dying, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Cannes-winning parable contemplates the inevitability of mortality and impending environmental destruction with exquisite formal rigor. Celebrated as one of cinema’s greatest swan songs, The Sacrifice is a blazing farewell from a towering visionary.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Marjane Satrapi,Vincent Paronnaud, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria