In 1983 Andrey Tarkovsky visited Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, invited by the experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. In addition to a screening of Nostalgia and Tarkovsky's small retrospective, Brakhage's new film Hell Spit Flexion debuted at the festival. Brakhage took advantage of the visit and acquainted the Soviet colleague with his own work, projecting several films on the wallpaper in his hotel room in an intolerable heat. Brakhage's remarkable account on this (non-)encounter with Tarkovsky is a unique report on Tarkovsky's stance on experimental cinema. Based on that memoir, the lecture poses a question on common tendencies in Tarkovsky's work and history of American experimental film (from Maya Deren to Nathan Dorsky) and also on experimental qualities of Tarkovsky's own oeuvre.