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Stalker

Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Aleksandr Kajdanovsky, Alisa Freindlikh, Anatoli Solonitsyn
162mins   1979   Soviet Union   15   Russian    Subtitled   

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 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. 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.

This film is being screened by Depot's Kino Collective and will be preceded by an introduction and short film by a local student.