At number 91 via San Niccolò in the elegant, almost secretive Florentine neighbourhood of the same name, there is a plaque in Italian dedicated to one of the world’s greatest film directors. It tells us that the Russian “Andrei Tarkovsky, sublime director of a spiritual cinema in exile in Florence, spent the last years of his life in this house a guest and honorary citizen of the city of Florence”. Today, it is home to the Andrei Tarkovsky International Institute, which promotes Tarkovsky’s work by screening his films and those of his favourite directors, like Bresson and Bergman, and by holding conferences and seminars. It houses the rich and important archives of his papers, screenplays, film projects and, above all, his diaries full of personal and professional revelations. His photographic archive contains 5,000 photographs as well as Polaroids, many taken with a camera Michelangelo Antonioni gave him in the 1970s. It is also the Florentine home of his son Andrei, the custodian of his legacy.