Screening Dates
  • December 3, 2023 7:00
  • December 21, 2023 7:00
  • January 2 (Tuesday) 7:00
  • January 16 (Tuesday) 7:00

Towering … A visionary epic … Stands with the greatest science-fiction movies ever made.”

David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

Encore screening added!

No screen adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem’s work is more celebrated than Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris. Based on Lem’s 1961 novel, the Russian director’s metaphysical epic is often described as the Soviet 2001”—although Star Trek as written by Dostoevsky” (Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail) also fits. A psychologist named Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) is sent to investigate strange occurrences on a space station orbiting Solaris, a mysterious planet with a sentient Ocean. There, Kelvin is confronted by the incarnation of Hari (Natalya Bondarchuk), his long-dead wife, and forced to relive the greatest moral failures of his past. A brilliant exploration of love, truth, and what it means to be human, Solaris is magnificently mounted in widescreen and colour. Steven Soderbergh directed a surprisingly worthy American remake in 2002. Solaris ranks with the best of Tarkovsky’s work, which is to say it ranks with the best movies produced at any time” (Scott).

In Russian and German with English subtitles

In every way a majestic and achieved work of art … Behind its fantastic exterior and subject matter, there is a quiet and philosophical human truthfulness.”

Mark Le Fanu, The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky

A sci-fi masterpiece … A great examination of the limits of rationalism and the perverse power of even the most ill-fated love.”

Salman Rushdie