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Friday Night Films



Don’t Panic Season: Solaris (1972)

Pre-screening talk by Professor Monica Grady CBE

Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky / Cert. PG / 167mins

Friday 21 November 2014


7.30pm / £5 (concessions £3) Pre-book on 01908 676 900


Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, Solaris is widely considered to be one of the greatest science fiction films in the history of cinematography.


This Russian art film adaptation of the novel by Stanislaw Lem, centers on widowed psychologist Kris Kelvin (Donata Banionis), who is sent to a space station orbiting a water-dominated planet called Solaris to investigate the mysterious death of a doctor, as well as the mental problems plaguing the dwindling number of cosmonauts on the station. Finding the remaining crew to be behaving oddly and aloof, Kelvin is more than surprised when he meets his dead wife Khari (Natalya Bondarchuk) on the station. It quickly becomes apparent that Solaris possesses something that brings out repressed memories and obsessions within the cosmonauts on the space station, leaving Kelvin to question his perception of reality.


Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University Monica Grady is a leading British space scientist, known for her work on meteorites. Her main focus is trying to understand the history of carbon and water on Mars.




Sci-Fi / Drama



BFI Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder






November 2014


What are Friday Night Films?

A pop up cinema offering an alternative film experience!  Devised by Independent Cinema MK in association with MK Gallery. Enjoy new releases, cult classics, special events,
screen talks and curated film seasons – all for £5 (£3 concs.). Our screen bar provides modestly priced wine, beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks.



Don't Panic is a programme of weekly special events exploring modern and classic sci-fi film. Devised by ICMK as part of the BFI's Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the programme is presented in collaboration with MK Gallery and supported by Film Hub Central East.