On a space station orbiting the ocean-covered planet Solaris, cosmonaut Kris Kelvin arrives to investigate a series of mysterious and bizarre occurrences among the crew. What he discovers are supernatural phenomena that cause repressed and haunting memories to take on physical form, including that of Kelvin’s late wife. Through her, Kelvin attempts to communicate with the forces responsible which appear to be emanating from the mysterious planet itself. Director Andrei Tarkovsky transcends the normal conventions of the science fiction genre, resulting in a moving and unsettling vision of memory and humanity which has often been compared to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.


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.


Aspect ratio: 16:9 Colour: Colour and B&W Production year: 1972 Original title: Solyaris DVD catalogue number: ART792DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART182BD


Winner of the 1972 Cannes FIPRESCI Prize
Winner of the 1972 Cannes Grand Prize of the Jury

Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

Also part of Andrei Tarkovsky Deluxe Collection

GENRE: Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi


DIRECTOR: Andrei Tarkovsky

DURATION: 166 Mins



Winner of the 1972 Cannes FIPRESCI Prize

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  • “There were images of startling beauty, then developments that questioned the fundamental being of the characters themselves, and finally an ending that teasingly suggested that everything in the film needed to be seen in a new light”

    Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

  • “This mesmerising atmosphere-piece is superior to the Soderbergh remake”

    David Parkinson, Empire

  • “Arguably one of the greatest and most influential science fiction films ever made... Belongs in any serious film library”

    Dr. Svet Atanasov,

  • “Tarkovsky's eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker's boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals”

    Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

  • “A moving meditation on humanity, love and the unknowable nature of the universe”

    Jamie Russell, BBC

  • “Absorbing”


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