Nanovic Film: STALKER (1979)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

STALKER (1979)

Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Matthew Payne, assistant professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, will introduce the screening.

"Why Stalker Is the Film We Need Now" by NEW REPUBLIC

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphys­ical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.


All films will be shown in the THX-certified Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus and will be preceded by a ten-minute introduction by a visiting film expert or member of the Notre Dame community. 

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ND/SMC faculty/staff, and $4 for students/children at 574-631-2800, or visit  A limited number of free tickets are available at 1060 Nanovic Hall (The Nanovic Institute).



Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Signe Astrup

As the Berlin Wall was falling in November 1989, the army of the GDR was quickly becoming superfluous and its deterioration soon followed. Therefore the soldiers, who until then had been in the service of the GDR, became unnecessary. But today, 25 years later, they are still among us and a part of our society.

The film reflects the history of the GDR’s military and the impact it still has today. How do the former soldiers deal with their own history? A history that left such a substantial mark on German society?

The Forgotten Army

View the trailer on Vimeo



Friday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Chico Pereira

Manolo has a simple life in Southern Spain and two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión (“Sparrow”), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk in the US, the brutal 2200 mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacle of shipping a donkey, Manolo’s chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión’s fear of water are just a few matters to take care of. As their adventure continues, Manolo’s wondrous friendship with his animals finds a beautiful equilibrium. Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is, and not as it should be?