Rumor holds that inside a certain forbidden Zone there is a room that grants all wishes. Fashionable Writer and reputable Professor venture on a journey to the room, for reasons that both prefer to conceal. The Stalker, a guide into the Zone, shows the way: either a holy fool or a disciple of a new religion. The fantasy parable directed by Andrey Tarkovsky at Mosfilm Studios in 1979 is loosely adapted from Arkady and Boris Strugatskys' novella. The film is among the major works by Andrey Tarkovsky who said that in this work he "lawfully touched the transcendent." Production was ridden by difficulties and took three years to complete. The first version was almost completely destroyed during film development due to a technical mistake, and the film was shot three times, with different DPs and production designers. Stalker won the ecumenical jury's award at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened out of competition, as well as the Luchino Visconti Prize at the David di Donatello awards in Italy. As of 2019, the film is listed at 206 in the IMDb top 250.
Introduced by production designer Rashit Safiullin, assistant director Evgeny Tsymbal, costume designer Nelly Fomina, camera assistant Sergey Bessmertny, and Zoya Kaidanovskaya.