+ Presentation by J Doyne Farmer
Complex systems scientist and wilderness enthusiast Doyne Farmer will provide some insights into what this gorgeous slow motion psycho-environmental thriller says about our relationship with nature and with ourselves. Stalker is about an illicit guided journey into The Zona, a mysterious place where something (alien landing? nuclear accident?) or nothing has happened. Things there are magical ó or does their intense natural beauty simply stimulate and trick the imagination? Each character seeks something different, each sees something different, as will the audience. Stalker is a Russian Heart of Darkness. It is about our relationship with nature, our ability to ruin it and its ability to surprise and enlighten us. It is a masterpiece, a subtle, profound and artistic psychological prank, rated the 29th best film of all time by the BFI. Warning: The Soviet State Committee for Cinematography did not like this film, stating that it should be faster and more dynamic, to which Tarkovsky replied, ìThe film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts.