So when I think about rebellion, I think about realigning focus, away from the glass slipper, and back into the self (for what its worth, this ‘self’ can be an individual, but it can also be a community, a culture, an ecosystem. Think of how, for example, plants will just take over a concrete structure. They don’t push against the structure, they just grow, and the structure is consumed by wildness.)
Everybody asks me what things mean in my films. This is terrible! An artist doesn't have to answer for his meanings. I don't think so deeply about my work - I don't know what my symbols may represent. What matters to me is that they arouse feelings, any feelings you like, based on whatever your inner response might be. If you look for a meaning, you'll miss everything that happens. Thinking during a film interferes with your experience of it. Take a watch into pieces, it doesn't work. Similarly with a work of art, there's no way it can be analyzed without destroying it.
| Andrei Tarkovsky