Tarkovsky’s second foray into science-fiction is no less of a masterpiece than Solaris. In the Zone, an area in which the normal laws of reality no longer apply, is said to exist the Room, entry to which is believed to lead to the fulfilment of one’s deepest desires. A Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn) and a Professor (Nikolay Grinko) seeking the room entrust themselves to a Stalker (Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy), who is able to navigate the Zone and locate the Room. A film that had to be shot twice after the original stock was ruined during development, it stands testament to the director’s perfectionism and precision.
This film is screening as part of our Andrei Tarkovsky season, May 14th – 28th.