“In all the science-fiction films I’ve seen, the filmmakers force the viewer to examine the details of the material structure of the future…For a true work of art, the fake must be eliminated.” —Andrei Tarkovsky

Experience the mysteries and revelations of Stalker and Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky’s science-fiction masterpieces, in new restorations, exclusively at the Film Society.

Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1979, 163m
Russian with English subtitles
New digital restoration

Twenty years ago a falling object decimated a provincial Russian town, and those who later went near the crash site—now known as The Zone—disappeared. Access is strictly prohibited, but outsiders can still get in with the help of a “stalker.” Inside The Zone is The Room, within which secret wishes can be granted. Based on the novel Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers, Stalker is a visually extraordinary and philosophically provocative fable about the limits of knowledge—personal, scientific, and spiritual. New digital restoration by Mosfilm. A Janus Films release.

Solaris / Solyaris
Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 1972, 167m
Russian and German with English subtitles
New digital restoration

In possibly the most emotionally devastating science-fiction 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. Solaris returns to the Film Society in a new digital restoration produced by Mosfilm from a 2K scan of the negative. A Janus Films release.