Part of our SOVIET SCI-FI series.
Q&A to follow feat. Lilya Kaganovsky, Julie Turnock, and Richard Tempest
In possibly the most emotionally intense sci-fi film ever made, scientist Chris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) is sent to a space station whose inhabitants have been attempting to make contact with the mysterious planet Solaris. He’s convinced that the crew has gone mad, until he sees his own startling apparitions. Often described as a Soviet response to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris is a monolithic, enigmatic work of startling beauty and depth. Based on a novel by the great Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem. New digital restoration by Mosfilm in release by Janus Films. (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 167 min, NR, Eng subs)
“The first time I saw Solaris was on VHS in the mid-nineties. Even though the film affected me profoundly, I never watched it again until now. The richness of the images, the vividness of the mood, and the depth of the themes are so intense, they have simmered and lived in my mind for more than fifteen years just from that one viewing. Seeing it again, going from VHS to this new restoration, is truly a revelation. It’s like owning a pristine 35mm print.” -Criterion