Artwork by Danielle Pajak Illustrations.

“It’s what we wanted: contact with another civilization. We have it, this contact! Our own monstrous ugliness, our own buffoonery and shame, magnified as if it was under a microscope!” Solaris by Stanislaw Lem.

Tarkovsky’s Solaris is a masterpiece of filmmaking and an incandescent jewel of the science fiction genre, and perhaps my favorite of all his films — if I could choose one…