Stalker
Sculpting in Time: The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky
Soviet Union 1979, 161 min, Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky
Russian with English subtitles
Screenings:
  • Saturday July 22 at 6:30PM
  • Sunday July 23 at 3:30PM
  • Wednesday July 26 at 9:00PM

One of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker embarks on a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape. A hired guide—the “Stalker”—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Tarkovsky creates a challenging and visually stunning work, his painstaking attention to material detail and sense of organic atmosphere further enriched by this vivid new digital restoration. At once a religious allegory, a reflection of contemporary political anxieties, and a meditation on film itself—among many other interpretations—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.


This screening is part of the larger thematic series:
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