Stalker Release Date: May 5, 2017

One of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Russian film 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.

Originally released in 1979, the 2017 rerelease is courtesy of a Janus Films restoration.

The first ten minutes of the two hour and sixty three minute film are silent.

Stalker Trailer

Starring: Alisa FreyndlikhAleksandr KaydanovskiyAnatoliy SolonitsynNikolay GrinkoNatalya AbramovaFaime JurnoE. KostinRaymo RendiSergey YakovlevVladimir Zamanskiy
Genres: DramaSci-Fi
Directed By: Andrei Tarkovsky
Runtime: 163 minutes
Studio: Janus Films
MPAA Rating Unrated