Many years ago, a mysterious cataclysm occurred in an unnamed country, giving rise to the so-called Zone, a contaminated, dangerous place, in the heart of which is a room where people's most hidden desires are made a reality. Perhaps a meteorite struck the region or a spacecraft crashed there. Or perhaps it was something that eludes rational understanding: intervention by God, a miracle in the strictly religious sense of the word. Regardless of the explanation, mercenaries called stalkers lead unlawful pilgrimages to the tightly guarded Zone. Directed by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, the film is a story about meeting the Unknown. It starts out as science fiction but goes far beyond the limits of the genre. Ascetic, visually stunning, told at a glacial narrative tempo, with fascinatingly ambiguous expression-all these factors combine to turn a viewing into an experience bordering on meditation and a drug-induced trip.
Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) studied Direction at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, where his mentor was Mikhail Romm. He made his debut with Ivan's Childhood, which won a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His later works include Andrei Rublev, Solaris, and The Mirror. Ingmar Bergman said that he invented a new language in line with the nature of cinema that captures life as a reflection, life as a dream. Tarkovsky's influence can be seen in the films of numerous contemporary filmmakers, from Carlos Reygadas to Nicolas Winding Refn.
1962 Dziecko wojny / Ivanovo detstvo / Ivan's Childhood
1966 Andriej Rublow / Andrey Rublyov / Andrei Rublev
1972 Solaris / Solyaris
1975 Zwierciadło / Zerkalo / The Mirror
1986 Ofiarowanie / Offret / Sacrifice