The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence.
Grand Prix Special du Jury | Cannes IFF, France, 1972
FIPRESCI Prize | Karlovy Vary IIF, Czech Republic, 1972
CAST & CREW
Andrei Tarkovsky, Fridrikh Gorenshtein
Director of Photography
Lyudmila Feiginova, Nina Marcus
Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Juri Jarvet, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Nikolay Grinko, Olga Barnet, Sos sargsyan, Bagrat Oganesyan
1932, Zavrazhye, Ivanovo Oblast – 1986, Paris. Russian outsatanding filmmaker. His father was the famous poet Arseny Trakovsky. Andrei spent his childhood in Yuryevets, then his family moved to Moscow where he went to school. The Great Patriotic War made him and her mother return to their native village leaving his father volunteering for the army. In 1943 the family returned back to Moscow. In 1951, Tarkovsky studied Arabic at the Oriental Institute in Moscow. Soon he realized that he was not much interested in his studies and in 1953 dropped out to work as a prospector for the Academy of Science Institute for Non-Ferrous Metals and Gold in Siberia. As he wrote later that hard work had become the main reason in decision of being a filmmaker. In 1954, Tarkovsky applied at the Moscow All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and was admitted to the film directing program (Mikhail Romm’s master class). In 1956, he directed his first student short film, The Killers. The script of Tarkovsky’s diploma work The Steamroller and the Violin he wrote with his classmate, later famous director Andrei Konchalovsky. It is remarkable that Tarkovsky filmed some of the scenes of the film in Yerevan. One of the remarkable films of Tarkovsky was Ivan's Childhood filmed in 1962 and shares the Golden Lion award with Valerio Zurlini’s Family Diary at the Venice IFF. The film earned Tarkovsky international acclaim. The last three works he made outside Soviet Union - in Europe. Tarkovsky died from lung cancer and is buried in Paris.
The Killers (1958), There Will Be No Leave Today (1958), Steamroller and Violin (1960), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Passion according Andrei (Andrei Rublev) (1966), Solaris (1971), The Mirror (1974), Stalker (1979), Tempo di viaggio (1982, TV, doc.), Nostalgia (1983), The Sacrifice (1986).