Imagine Tarkovsky's film teacher/s seeing this for the first time. They must have known someone truly special had just made their debut.
Though only a short featurette, you can easily spot the auteur's fingerprints all over The Steamroller and the Violin, from the dreamlike world created and striking cinematography to the recurring motif of water as it drips, flows and refracts light onto the faces of the actors.
Having seen all of his feature films, I really wasn't expecting a lot from this student short but the scene where Sasha plays his violin to Sergey inexplicably nearly moved me to tears. I guess there's a reason he stands untouched as my all time favourite filmmaker.