VI International Film Festival
of Science and Technology 360°
Moscow 20-30 October
Switzerland, Germany, Austria
‘Homo Sapiens’ is a film about finiteness and fragility of human existence and about the end of the industrial age – and last but not least, about what it means to be a human being now. A scary scenario coming true, the film shows empty spaces, ruins, cities covered with overwhelming vegetation, crumbling asphalt; everything we know, but without people. The film shows an abandoned and decaying world, gradually reclaimed by nature, answering the eerie question: what will remain of our lives after we’re gone? A science-fiction film and a documentary, contemporary and post-apocalyptic at the same time.
DISHONESTY: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES
From ticket-fixing in our police departments to test-score scandals in our schools, from our elected leaders' extra-marital affairs to financial schemes undermining our economy, dishonesty seems to be an essential part of the news. It's true: everybody cheats. '(Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies' is a documentary that explores how and why people lie. The film is based on behavioral experiments that measure our propensity to lie - sometimes even unknowingly. On a more personal level, from little white lies to devastating deceits, people share on camera the true stories of lies they've told. Experts examine the reasons behind our behavior and the implications of our dishonesty. Behavioral scientist Dan Ariely brings these elements together and guides us to reveal the complicated truth about lies.
A Boy’s dream
A portrait of a daring artist Theo Jansen, who is trying to add a new species to nature with his remarkable works of art, dubbed ‘beach animals’, constructed from plastic tubes. It took him 25 years to develop his creations, which move independently, powered by the wind, and as they move along the sea shore, so does the artist, delving deeper into his troubled past, and into his anxieties today. Theo carries out impressive tests on the beach every summer, travels to Japan and the US to share his work. But will he be able to convince the world to dream along with him?
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Filmed over 211 days in nine countries on five continents over four years, 'This Changes Everything' is an epic attempt to re-imagine the cast challenge of climate change. Directed by prominent filmmaker Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein's international bestseller of the same name, the film shows seven powerful portraits of communities on the front line of the climate change battle: from Montana's Powder River Basin to Alberta Tar Sands, from the South Indian coast to Beijing. And underneath it all, lies a groundbreaking idea: that we can control the climate change crisis and transform our failing economic system into something radically better. This film won't probably change everything straightaway – but it is a call to action.
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
In this movie, Oscar-nominated iconic director Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with curiosity and imagination. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online worls has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
Swedish Theory of Love
Sweden is typically portrayed as having a perfectly organized society, in which everyone has equal opportunities for an independent existence. Half the population lives in single households, and more and more women are choosing for single motherhood through artificial insemination. Meanwhile, the number of people dying alone is constantly increasing. The film raises the fascinating question of why a life lived in such security and safety should turn out to be so unsatisfying. Some Swedes are putting up courageous resistance: young people are organizing gatherings in the woods to surrender to emotions and caresses; a successful surgeon moved away to Ethiopia, where despite the lack of material wealth he relearned the value of community. In conclusion, maverick sociologist Zygmunt Bauman explains why a trouble-free life isn’t necessarily a happy one. The film was selected by key European documentary film showcases, CPH:DOX in Copenhagen and IDFA in Amsterdam.
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