Solaris: film 1972

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Solaris (Russian: "Солярис") is a 1972 film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky based on Stanislaw Lem's novel Solaris (1961). The meditative psychological drama takes place mostly aboard a space station orbiting the fictional planet.

While Stanislaw Lem's novel deals with the ultimate inadequacy of communication between human and non-human species Tarkovsky's adaptation is a “drama of grief and partial recovery” that concentrates on thoughts and the consciences of the cosmonaut scientists studying an extra-terrestrial life.

Solaris features Natalya Bondarchuk (Hari), Donatas Banionis (Kris Kelvin), Jüri Järvet (Dr Snaut), Vladislav Dvorzhetsky (Henri Burton), Nikolai Grinko (Kris Kelvin’s Father), Olga Barnet (Kris Kelvin’s Mother), Anatoli Solonitsyn (Dr Sartorius), and Sos Sargsyan (Dr Gibarian); the music score was composed by Eduard Artemyev. At the 1972 Cannes Film Festival the film won the Grand Prix Spécial du Jury, the FIPRESCI prize and was nominated for the Palme d'Or.


Soviet film poster
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Produced by Viacheslav Tarasov
Written by Screenplay:
Fridrikh Gorenshtein
Andrei Tarkovsky
Stanisław Lem
Starring Natalya Bondarchuk
Donatas Banionis
Jüri Järvet
Vladislav Dvorzhetsky
Nikolai Grinko
Anatoly Solonitsyn
Music by Eduard Artemyev
Cinematography Vadim Yusov
Editing by Lyudmila Feiginova
Studio Mosfilm
Distributed by Goodtimes Enterprises
Release date(s) 'France:
May 13, 1972 (1972-05-13) (Cannes Film Festival)
February 5, 1973 (1973-02-05)
Running time 165 minutes
Country USSR
Language Russia
Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)