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Andrei Tarkovsky / Feature Narrative / Russian Federation / 1979 / 163 min / Colour and B&W / DCP
In Russian / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.

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The film follows a mission led by a Stalker, a professional guide to a mysterious restricted site known as the Zone, along with his two clients, a gloomy writer seeking inspiration and a professor searching for scientific discovery. A seemingly normal journey into the Room, a place where a person’s deepest desires are fulfilled, turns into a crisis for the Stalker.

About the Director

Born in 1932, Andrei Tarkovsky was a Soviet writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director, and is widely regarded as one of the best filmmakers in the history of cinema. His highly influential narrative feature-length films are ‘Ivan’s Childhood’ (1962), ‘Andrei Rublev’ (1966), ‘Solaris’ (1972), ‘The Mirror’ (1975), ‘Stalker’ (1979 ), ‘Nostalghia’ (1983) and ‘The Sacrifice’ (1986). His films are notable for their metaphysical themes, a lack of conventional dramatic structure and distinctive use of cinematography, the methodology of which he discussed in his book on filmmaking, ‘Sculpting in Time’. He died in 1986.


Andrei Tarkovsky
Arkadiy Strugatskiy, Boris Strugatskiy, Andrei Tarkovsky
Aleksandra Demidova
Lyudmila Feyginova
Production Designer
Aleksandr Boym, Andrei Tarkovsky
Eduard Artemev
Production Company
Vladimir Sharun
Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn

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