The astonishing discovery of 28-year old Andrei Tarkovsky's diploma film The Steamroller and the Violin is a revelation. It clearly marks Tarkovsky as the great cinematic genius he would become with such films as Andrei Rublev, Solaris, and The Mirror. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship between Sasha, a young boy who loves to play the violin, and Sergey, he macho driver of a steamroller. The film sidesteps sentimentally to give us a warm yet ironic look at two individuals who bridge differences in generations to form a powerful bond. Available for the first time, The Steamroller and the Violin features a brilliantly natural performance from the young Igor Fomchenko, in a film that is memorable and deeply affecting- a re-discovered gem that strikes close to the heart.