VII Science & Technology Film Festival

Moscow
20–29 October 2017

Program

Opening film

  • AlphaGo

    Greg Kohs

    USA

    This documentary is the ideal sports drama of the XXI century. A child prodigy Demis Hassabis got his first computer when he was eight years old. He bought it with the prize money from the chess tournament that he’d won. His dream is to teach the machine to play better than a human, and first of all, to teach it to play a game of Go. For this purpose, he wrote a program called AlphaGo and it has already defeated a professional player. This time the machine is going to face a more serious opponent: Lee Sedol, the professional Go player of 9 dan rank and the World champion. Man vs. the Machine. Sixty million viewers around the world are watching this fight.

Сompetition program

  • Pre-Crime

    Matthias Heeder, Monika Hielscher

    Germany

    To what extent should we trust crime-prediction policing algorithms? Should the police system use the data collected for targeted advertising? Where is the boundary between public security and total state control?

  • Chasing Coral

    Jeff Orlowski

    USA

    Coral reefs are huge colonies of living organisms that can be seen even from outer space. In essence, this visually captivating and shocking film is about extinction.

  • AlphaGo

    Greg Kohs

    USA

    This documentary is the ideal sports drama of the XXI century. A child prodigy Demis Hassabis got his first computer when he was eight years old. He bought it with the prize money from the chess tournament that he’d won. His dream is to teach the machine to play better than a human, and first of all, to teach it to play a game of Go. For this purpose, he wrote a program called AlphaGo and it has already defeated a professional player. This time the machine is going to face a more serious opponent: Lee Sedol, the professional Go player of 9 dan rank and the World champion. Man vs. the Machine. Sixty million viewers around the world are watching this fight.

  • Let there be light

    Mila Ong-Twin

    Canada

    ITER is an experimental thermonuclear reactor that is currently being built in the south of France. It is going be a practical realization of an idea that was first conceived by a self-educated Soviet physicist Oleg Lavrentiev and later developed by Andrei Sakharov. Since then, more than half a century has passed. Today ITER is the last attempt at a joint international breakthrough towards a new energy industry. But, should taxpayer money be spent on it?

  • Amateurs in Space

    Max Kestner

    Denmark

    Christian, a space engineer, and his friend Peter, who built the world's largest private submarine, have been dreaming to make Denmark the fourth country to send a man into space. But building a spacecraft from a conventional hair dryer, a children's inflatable pool, and a bathroom mirror turns out to be easier than keeping the friendship alive. Instead of solving technical problems Peter spends more time struggling with his own vanity and paranoia.

  • Food Evolution

    Scott Hamilton Kennedy

    USA

    A bold and timely attempt to deal in a balanced manner with the myth of the danger of GMOs. The creators of the film give all parties equal opportunities to express their points of view and consistently expose the myths created by anti-GMO activists. However, the idea of the film is not to expose opponents as fools, but rather to demonstrate how much GMOs can contribute and are already contributing to humanity.

  • The Farthest

    Emer Reynolds

    Ireland

    A two-hour journey along the Voyager route - to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and beyond, to the outer boundaries of the solar system. Both space probes carry golden records with a message to extraterrestrials - in case of an unexpected meeting. What information did the earthmen select to communicate to the universe in 1977?

  • Photon

    Norman Leto

    Poland

    The «Photon» documentary, created by the Polish artist Norman Leto, is as much a popular science film, as it is a work of art. It is both a consistent history of the universe and a video installation, a visualization of the unimaginable. The images in the film illustrate some complex scientific concepts, and Leto juggles them like a magician.

  • Unseen enemy

    Janet Tobias

    USA

    We become concerned about the dangers of a global pandemic only when the next killer virus for a short while makes TV headlines. The creators of this surprisingly emotional and humanistic documentary remind us that everyday humanity, concentrated in densely populated cities and actively moving across the globe, balances on the edge of a pandemic.

Future Imperfect

A retrospective program of classic science fiction films in collaboration with the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin

  • q+a

    Inquest of Pilot Pirx

    Marek Piestrak

    USSR – Poland

    The story goes as follows. UNESCO decides to evaluate a new technological invention and entrusts this important mission to spaceship pilot Pirx, who has a reputation of a respected and uncorrupted individual. With a mixed crew consisting of robots and humans, Pirx must take a dangerous flight to the rings of Saturn in order to test his crew in extreme conditions. During the voyage, Pirx tries to identify the robots among the crew members, but it turns out to be harder than he thought...

  • Dark City

    Alex Proyas

    USA — Australia

    Every night the Strangers stop time and no-one realizes that it is always nighttime in the city. All life stops: during the night, the Strangers rearrange the city’s architecture and give people new memories and identities. The only person who sees this happening is John Murdoch, the alleged murderer, chased by all police squads in town.

  • 1984

    Michail Anderson

    Great Britain

    "2 × 2 = 5", "Freedom is slavery", "Ignorance is strength", "War is peace". Michael Anderson's movie is the first screen adaptation of George Orwell's novel, filmed only seven years after the book was released. In 2017, the film gained its second life: after the election of Trump and his team, known to provide "alternative facts", several US cinemas immediately included the picture in their repertoire.

  • Soylent Green

    Richard Fleischer

    USA

    The planet is overpopulated. There are 40 million people In New York alone. Only a few of them have roof over their heads. Because of the greenhouse effect, there is not enough fresh air in the city all year round. No one, except the old people, remembers the taste of food. People eat "Soylent Green", which the monopoly corporation extracts from what is believed to be ocean plankton ...

  • Kamikaze 1989

    Wolf Gremm

    West Germany

    "Kamikaze 1989" is a 1982 attempt to glance into the nearest future. The film is marked with the final acting role of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and camera work of Xaver Schwarzenberger, the cameraman on his final films.

  • Warning from Space

    Koji Shima

    Japan

    Earth will soon have to collide with another planet. The only way to change the trajectory of its movement is to use the nuclear weapons on the planet. However, the population of Tokyo is not aware of this terrible threat: the city is in panic when the aliens arrive in flying saucers...

Special screenings

  • q+a

    The Brain. A Second Universe

    Julia Kiseleva

    Russia

    Can we control our behavior, physiology, and consciousness? The people in this documentary - scientists and others who get involved in their projects - give different answers, unraveling the most complex mechanisms of how our brain functions.

  • Progress vs Regress

    Melanie Bonajo

    Netherlands

    What is a Selfie? Why do we get obsessed with ‘likes’ on social media? Do technologies destroy our intimacy and alienate us from nature and from ourselves? In her film, the Dutch video artist, photographer, filmmaker and performer Melanie Bonajo brings two generations together face-to-face – modern teenagers and elderly people.

  • q+a

    Handle with Care

    Francesco Clerici

    Italy

    This documentary is a result of cooperation between the art critic and director Francesco Clerici and Milan National Museum of Science and Technology. The film continues the director’s quadrilogy, devoted to the study of handwork in the era of digital expansion as well as to modern rethinking of the Greek concept of technê.

  • q+a

    Luck meter

    Dmitry Zavilgelsky

    Russia

    This time Zavilgelsky filmed a portrait of Boris Mirkin, one of the pioneers of Soviet computer programming. The director does not present scientists merely as bearded heads speaking their own language, instead, he sees them as living people who have families, problems, hobbies etc.

  • The Stanford prison experiment

    Kyle Patrick Alvarez

    USA

    The Stanford prison experiment is perhaps the most famous psychological experiment on human beings in history: a group of recruited students is randomly divided into "prisoners" and "supervisors" and sent to the prison scenery built inside the walls of Stanford University.

Closing film

  • Jane

    USA

    A humane blockbuster from director Brett Morgen with the soundtrack composed by Philip Glass. The film tells the story of the life of Jane Goodall, a simple English girl who did not get higher education but spent 45 years studying the social life of chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania.

British scientists

  • The Building and Operation of Industrial Museums

    Tim Boon

    Great Britain

    As part of an evening of discussion on the future of science museums, we present this fascinating film from 1928. The film was made for the champions of a science museum in New York in the 1920s

  • Scientists on Screen: The First Forty Years

    Tim Boon

    Great Britain

    Tim Boon from London's Science Museum presents a programme revealing how scientists have presented themselves in film and television. The selection takes us from the early days, when it was rare to see a scientist on screen, up to 1960, by which date many scientists thought it was essential to be visible on screen. 

Future of museums

  • The Building and Operation of Industrial Museums

    Tim Boon

    Great Britain

    As part of an evening of discussion on the future of science museums, we present this fascinating film from 1928. The film was made for the champions of a science museum in New York in the 1920s

  • q+a

    Handle with Care

    Francesco Clerici

    Italy

    This documentary is a result of cooperation between the art critic and director Francesco Clerici and Milan National Museum of Science and Technology. The film continues the director’s quadrilogy, devoted to the study of handwork in the era of digital expansion as well as to modern rethinking of the Greek concept of technê.

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