Friday, September 15 | 7 pm
Sunday, September 17 | 2 pm
Screening in a luminous new restoration, Andrei Tarkovsky’s metaphysical masterpiece set box office records for a rereleased title when it premiered at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center this spring, cementing the film’s status as a holy grail for film lovers. Based on the science-fiction novel Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Stalker follows the title character, a professional guide charged with leading two men, a writer and a professor, through a shifting post-apocalyptic wilderness called the Zone. The object of their quest is the Room at the Zone’s center, which is said to fulfill the innermost desire of each person who enters. A poetic blend of religious allegory, political meditation, and philosophical fable shot in exquisite unbroken takes, Stalker is a film of profound beauty and strangeness that remains utterly unique within the history of cinema.
Director Andrei Tarkovsky | 1979 | In Russian with English subtitles | 163 minutes | NR | DCP