Solaris: film 2002

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Produced by James Cameron
Jon Landau
Rae Sanchini
Written by Screenplay:
Steven Soderbergh
Stanisław Lem
Based on Solaris
Starring George Clooney
Natascha McElhone
Viola Davis
Jeremy Davies
Ulrich Tukur
Music by Cliff Martinez
Cinematography Steven Soderbergh (as Peter Andrews)
Editing by Steven Soderbergh (as Mary Ann Bernard)
Studio Lightstorm Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) November 29, 2002 (2002-11-29)
Running time 99 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Budget $47,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $30,002,758 (worldwide)

Solaris is a 2002 film directed by Steven Soderbergh based on Stanislaw Lem's novel Solaris (1961). The meditative psychological drama takes place mostly aboard a space station orbiting a fictional planet. The film borrows heavily from Tarkovsky's 1972 film. Chris struggles with questions of Solaris' motivation, his beliefs, memories and reconciling what was lost with an opportunity for a second chance.

Lem criticized the film for its departure from his intentions: "As Solaris' author I shall allow myself to repeat that I only wanted to create a vision of a human encounter with something that certainly exists, in a mighty manner perhaps, but cannot be reduced to human concepts, ideas or images. This is why the book was entitled Solaris and not Love in Outer Space."

Solaris features Natascha McElhone (Rheya), George Clooney (Chris Kelvin), Viola Davis (Gordon), Jeremy Davies (Snow), Ulrich Tukur (Gibarian), John Cho (DBA Emissary #1).