Revisiting Solaris, 2007
Film 35 mm, transferred on HD Video (16:9)
Color, Sound, Lithuanian spoken, English subtitles
Duration 18 min
Edition 5 (+ 2 A.P.)
In this film, actor Donatas Banionis appears in his role as Chris Kelvin again more than forty years after Andrej Tarkovskij’s Solaris was made. Based on the last chapter of Lems’ book, the part that had been left out of Tarkovskij’s version. Here Kelvin reflects on his brief visit on the “soil” of the planet Solaris shortly before his return from the space mission. As material to visualize landscape of Solaris, Narkevicius used series of photographs made by the Lithuanian symbolist painter and composer Mykalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis in 1905 in Anapa. Marked by an original conception of space, producing the impression of an infinite expanse and limitless time, these pictures thus take on a quality of cosmic vision and deep inner concentration.It is very interesting that in 1971 Tarkovskij filmed the same surface of the Black Sea in Crimea to represent the landscape of the mysterious ocean.