Game of Thrones franchise; it's a recently restored Russian sci-fi film that delves into the metaphysical and has even inspired a book. British writer Geoff Dyer was so moved by Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker that he wrote Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room. As the flick unfolds, a writer and a scientist set out to find a mysterious and magical room and hire the Stalker to navigate the menacing terrain of the Zone. Expect two and a half hours of stunning visuals in a post-apocalyptic wasteland as visionary director Tarkovsky leads us through a series of disquieting passages. In Russian with English subtitles, this vintage USSR classic is loosely adapted from Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s science-fiction novel Roadside Panic.
7 p.m. September 2, 2 p.m. September 23. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org/films. $7 to $9.
A bleak and forbidden landscape, a hazardous journey, a skilled tracker and promises of wishes come true. No, it's not a lost episode from the