The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


The seventh entry in our Soviet September series is Solaris, a contemplative science fiction story from Andrei Tarkovsky.

Based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel of the same name, the film centers on a space station orbiting the fictional planet Solaris. The crew of scientists on the station report that they witnessed a number of strange happenings. Psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to investigate, in the hope that getting to the bottom of the situation will allow them to continue studying the planet. Once he arrives however, he experiences the same strange occurrences and finds himself visited by ghosts from his past.

Regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, Solaris won the Grand Prix Spécial du Jury at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival and has been noted as an influence on such films as Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

The Frida Cinema is proud to partner with our friends at South East European Film Festival (SEEFest) to present Soviet September, a series of nine acclaimed films representing six decades of cinema from the former Soviet Union (1922 – 1991).


“It’s a thoughtful, deep, sensitive movie that uses the freedom of science-fiction to examine human nature. It starts slow, but once you get involved, it grows on you.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A cerebral and unsettling milestone that you should no doubt mark off your cinematic bucket list sometime.” — Michael Arbeiter, Nerdist

“Easily one of the most important science fiction films of all time.” — Joe Bendel, Epoch Times