- Every Monday [smiths] will be picking the best film screening of the week, both locally and around London, for lovers of the big screen.
Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2014 and the first film tip of the year is a recommendation of the stunning Solaris, by Andrei Tarkovsky. It will be shown in analogue 35mm film format (a rarity nowadays) at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square on Wednesday 8th of January.
The film follows the psychologist Kris Kelvin who is sent to a space station orbiting the planet Solaris, in order to find out why a scientific mission has been unsuccessful. As he finds the station in a state of quasi-abandonment he starts experiencing the powers of the planet’s alien intelligence first hand. What will Kris learn about love and loss, memory and conscience, humanity and our desire of expansion?
The film will be screened with subtitles and in its original Russian language. Also, it is easy to confuse this film with Steven Soderbergh’s remake from 2002, but this screening is for the original Tarkovsky movie from 1972.
For those who haven’t seen it before, Solaris is not like any other film, it is nearly three hours long and certainly requires some patience and concentration. However, the pictures and cinematography are absolutely stunning and if you enjoy meditative and hypnotic movies with a philosophical core, then this screening is definitely for you.
Entry is £7.50 and £5 for members.
Hope to see you there and all the best for the New Year!