Solaris – Andrej Tarkovski (1972)
Billed as the Soviet counterpart to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris was released in 1972, bringing the battle for outer space to the big screen. In the film, a psychologist called Kris Kelvin travels to a distant space station orbiting the planet Solaris. His mission is to learn why its crew appear to be on the edge of madness. When he arrives, Kelvin discovers the power of the extra-terrestrial intelligence is not to be underestimated. Solaris is impeccable in its ability to materialise unconscious fears or memories, and in the space station Kelvin, too, is confronted with a life-like memory of his wife, who died ten years ago.