Synopsis

Deep within the Zone, a bleak and devastated forbidden landscape, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant the deepest wishes of those strong enough to make the hazardous journey there. Desperate to reach it, a scientist and a writer approach the Stalker, one of the few able to navigate the Zone’s menacing terrain, and begin a dangerous trek into the unknown. Adapted from Arkady & Boris Sturgatsky’s novel ‘Roadside Picnic’, Andrei Tarkovsky’s second foray into science fiction after Solaris is a surreal and disturbing vision of the future. Hauntingly exploring man’s dreams and desires as well as the consequences of realising them, Stalker has been described as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.

Director

Andrei Tarkovsky
One of world’s most visionary, celebrated and influential filmmakers, Andrei Tarkovsky made just seven features before his tragically early death at the age of 54. Characterised by metaphysical and spiritual explorations of the human condition, each film is an artistic masterpiece of extraordinary visual beauty and stand as enduring classics of world cinema.

Details

Aspect ratio: 16:9 Colour: Colour and B&W Production year: 1979 DVD catalogue number: ART793DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART183BD

Awards

Winner of the 1980 Cannes Prize of the Ecumenical Jury




Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

Also part of Andrei Tarkovsky Deluxe Collection

GENRE: Drama, Sci-fi

CERTIFICATE: PG

DIRECTOR: Andrei Tarkovsky

DURATION: 162 Mins

COUNTRIES: Russia

LANGUAGES: Russian

AWARDS:
Winner of the 1980 Cannes Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

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  • “Wonderful”

    Kate Muir, The Times


  • “A complex, challenging work of rare beauty and power whose elusiveness is part of its fascination”

    David Parkinson, Empire


  • “Mysterious and compelling”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


  • “Not an easy film, but almost certainly a great one”

    Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader


  • “As always, Tarkovsky conjures images like you've never seen before”

    Time Out


  • “An epic and frequently puzzling inquiry into freedom and faith”

    Tom Dawson, BBC

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