Stalker
Essential Russian Cinema
Soviet Union 1979, 163 min, Digital, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky
Russian with English subtitles
Screenings:
  • Saturday January 24, 2015 at 6:30PM
  • Sunday January 25, 2015 at 3:30PM
  • Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 6:30PM

Loosely based on the novel The Roadside Picnic, Tarkovsky’s second foray into science fiction is the story of three strangers’ quest into The Zone, a mysterious place that may contain otherworldly forces, to reach The Room, an enigmatic enclave that allegedly grants visitors their deepest, darkest wish. In Stalker, Tarkovsky, whose influence extends far beyond the Soviet Union, pares his sci-fi premise to its thematic essence. The result is “a dense, complex, often contradictory, and endlessly pliable allegory about human consciousness, the necessity for faith in an increasingly secular, rational world, and the ugly, unpleasant dreams and desires that reside in the hearts of men.” (Nick Schager)

Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

This screening is part of the larger thematic series:
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