Wednesday 8 May: Tarkovsky’s SOLARIS

Andrej Tarkovsky, USSR 1972 | 160 minutes | Russian with English subtitles

A psychologist travels to a base on a remote planet to replace a mysteriously deceased scientist. There he encounters the secretive survivors – and his dead wife. Reality is supplanted by the increasingly attractive alternative of the planet’s alien intelligence.

Widely considered one of the masterpieces of science fiction, and a suitable riposte to Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, Tarkovsky’s Solaris is a slowly unfurling film about love, death and how we understand reality. This screening is the second in our series of rarely-seen classics.

Where: Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road
When: 7.30pm Wednesday 8 May 2013
Tickets: £5 (£3 members) on the door


  • “A vertical leap away from the unchallenging cliches of modern Hollywood sci-fi.” The Guardian
  • “Haunting, provocative, beautifully shot and infused with an irresistable, tender sadness, this is sci-fi, and indeed cinema, at its most powerful and mysterious.” Film Four
  • “Engrossing and alienating” Time Out
  • “Like his Solarian sea, Tarkovsky has made ideas walk, breathe and move us.” New York Times