The title Uncanny Valley refers to the scientific term used to describe the anxiety that human beings encounter with too human-like machines. Humanity tends to believe that the future is something that lies is in the far distance, we can prepare ourself for it, but it’s something for our children to experience.
I was living in Finland for almost half a year, and I asked myself the question what if the future is already something we live in? The Gulf of Finland is the very East of the western civilization, three different worlds next to each other. Finland, a small Scandinavian country which turned 100 years old this year, Estonia a post-soviet country in the uprise and Russia the land marked by thousand years of history between Europe and Asia.
In Tarkovsky’s Solaris psychologist Kris Kelvin’s mission is to investigate the strange happenings at the Solaris space station, but instead, he finds himself in the very same situation as the rest of the crew. His attempt to find valid, satisfying answers for the hallucinations of the crew fails when he is visited by Hari, his wife who committed suicide many years ago. Tarkovsky’s science fiction movie Solaris is my main reference to Uncanny Valley.