AFS Presents: Stalker, Tarkovsky's restored sci-fi masterpiece @ Austin Film Society, Austin [from 15 to 21 June]

AFS Presents: Stalker, Tarkovsky's restored sci-fi masterpiece

15 - 21
19:00 - 19:00

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Austin Film Society
Austin, Texas 78723
Daily showtimes June 15 — 21.
The 7 PM screening on Fri. June 16 will be hosted by John Pierson, former host of the iconic indie film TV program SPLIT SCREEN and UT professor. Attendees will receive vouchers for a free month trial for FilmStruck, a new art house film streaming service (while supplies last).

— One of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky’s newly restored 1979 masterpiece 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.

— Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
Russia, 1979, 2h 43min, DCP, In Russian with English subtitles.

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