Everything that I am and everything that I wish to be is only and only because of him. I discovered his films back in 2004, watched his entire filmography on big screen, back to back, in a span of three days, and I realised Cinema was my calling. Nowadays Andrei Tarkovsky has become a canonised figure, a recognised maestro, but back in those days he wasn’t very widely known here in India, and I found him through a retrospective festival screening. Everything that I did from that moment is a result of that proverbial life changing experience.
Recently I found this hauntingly beautiful music video with Arvo Pärt’s music featuring excerpts from Tarkovsky’s Mirror (Zerkalo, 1975). My tears betrayed me but they stayed true to my soul. I cried.
There is no greater love than you, Andrei and I can die for your films. I love you.