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Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (Remaster!)

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (Remaster!)

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, 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.

STALKER is a complex, oblique parable that draws unforgettable images and philosophical musings from its sci-fi/thriller setting.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

Tarkovsky conjures images like you’ve never seen before; and as a journey to the heart of darkness, it’s a good deal more persuasive than Coppola’s.” (Time Out)

STALKER, a somber futuristic fantasy from the Soviet Union, attempts to build an apocalyptic vision out of the most impoverished materials imaginable.” (New York Times)


Saturday, August 18 *Final, encore screening!
Doors 9:30 pm | Movie 10:00 pm
Tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre passes and Groupons OK! Please redeem at the door.

STALKER (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979 / 161 mins / Russian with English subtitles) Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded desires are granted.

Solaris (1972)

Solaris (1972)

Ground control has been receiving strange transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut Kris Kelvin (Donata Banionis), a widowed psychologist, is sent to investigate the death of a colleague and the dwindling mental state of the remaining crew. Upon arrival he begins to experience the strange phenomena that afflict… Continue Reading