Russian sci-fi rumination 'Stalker' screens at More Q Than A

by

comment
gal_stalker.jpg
Andrei Tarkovsky is one of those Big Deal Filmmakers that inspires endless debates among film students, an artist that if you aren’t familiar with his work, you can’t truly call yourself a cinephile. This is the kind of thing that can scare off a casual viewer, but rest easy, you can enjoy Stalker. Well – not easy, exactly; this film is pretty scary on its face, and terrifying when you transpose its speculations to our own current reality. Stalker, made in 1979, is based on the Russian novel Roadside Picnic, a straightforward sci-fi tale based around a mysteriously contaminated and off-limits Zone. (And it’s pre-Chernobyl, pre-Southern Reach trilogy.) It’s a beautiful film in a newly restored print with brighter color transfer; the Zone is lush and green and threatening, full of overgrown forests, waterfalls, abandoned train tracks and stray animals. The subtle sense of menace swells after you emerge from the visual spell, though, and stop to consider the implications for our world, the real world, where the threats of climate change and energy deregulation can stand in for alien invasion with the same toxic results.

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | avalongallery.org | $5-$7

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.