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 vision of pure magic … Tarkovsky conjures images like you’ve never seen before.” – Derek Adams, Time Out Film Guide
A hired guide — the “Stalker” of the title — 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. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and making what would be his final Soviet feature, Tarkovsky created 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. (Dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979, Russia, in Russian with English subtitles, 161 mins., Not Rated)