A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.


“The analogy that I use was that the Lem book, which was full of so many ideas that you could probably make a handful of films from it, was the seed, and that Tarkovsky generated a sequoia and we were sort of trying to make a little bonsai.”

Steven Soderbergh1


“Design is design. Painting is painting. And a film is a film. One should ‘separate the firmament from the waters’ and not engage in making comic books.

When cinema moves out from under the power of money, namely, the costs of production, when there will be a method for the author of a work of art to record reality as with a pen and paper, paints and canvas, chisel and marble, ‘X’ and the filmmaker, then we’ll see. Then cinema will be the foremost art and its muse the queen of all the others.”

Andrei Tarkovsky2

  • 1Steven Soderbegh in Geoff Andrew, “Again, with 20% more existential grief”, The Guardian, 2003.
  • 2Andrei Tarkovsky in Naum Abramov, “Dialogue with Tarkovsky about Science-Fiction on the Screen”, from John Gianvito, Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2006), 37.
UPDATED ON 09.11.2023