Film: Solaris (1972)

Solaris (1972)

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

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Screening as part of a short series in connection with the Musica Viva performance on Saturday 12 October of Schubert’s Winterreise, ‘Solaris’ is a beautiful parable about love, loss, memory and grief. The film centres on a widowed psychologist who is sent to a space station, orbiting a water-dominated planet called Solaris, to investigate the mysterious death of a doctor. Finding the remaining crew to be behaving oddly and aloof, Kelvin is more than surprised when he meets his seven-years-dead wife on the station.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, ‘Solaris’ is a haunting, meditative film that uses sci-fi to raise complex questions about humanity and existence, memory and the transfiguring power of love.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis
Running time:
166 mins
12A (subtitled)

Date: Monday 7 October
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: £6/£4 for Concessions/ Free to UoP students via SPiA

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Winterreise: Film and Music Series

The films ‘Solaris’ and ‘Amour’ have been selected by Film Programmer Anna Navas, in conversation with Music Director Robert Taub, to create a short series around the Musica Viva performance of Schubert's ‘Winterreise’ with Randall Scarlata on Saturday 12 October.

Screening before and after the performance, the films explore themes of lost love, grief, memory and human frailty and offer a beautiful counterpoint to the moving expression of the themes by the original song cycle.

Musica Viva Concert Series 

The newly-created Musica Viva Concert Series brings internationally acclaimed performers to our Plymouth community to inspire, educate, challenge, and unite audiences by presenting world-class musicians in public concert performances, open rehearsals, and informal talks. 

Musica viva sets the highest standards of artistic excellence with compelling performances that enrich the lives of the widest possible audience – including students – and provide a contextual, comprehensive approach to programming that enables greater musical understanding and appreciation.


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