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films. Archive 2013

Специальная программа «Фестиваля актуального научного кино 360°» – «Нейромантика», партнером которой выступает научно-развлекательный телеканал «24 Техно». Этот проект посвящен новейшим технологиям, направленным на улучшение нашей жизни, в котором говорится не только о пользе, но и проблемах, возникающих в обществе в связи с применением плодов технического прогресса. В линейку «Нейромантики» вошли документальные фильмы и передачи, рассказывающие о современных достижениях и разработках в сфере искусственного интеллекта, биоинженерии и киберпространства. Как работают биологические часы? Что такое сон? Как работает наш мозг? Как происходит чувственное восприятие мира? Сколько терабайт информации хранит наша память? Ответы на эти и другие вопросы вы найдете в фильмах проекта «Нейромантика». Показы пройдут на территории Культурного Цетнтра «ЗИЛ».


Англия, 2009,
Director: BBС Active

Oxford professor of mathematics examines his brain and finds that we are not really those whom we used to consider ourselves.


Director: BBC Active

“Guide to senses” helps us to understand how we can feel the world and how we get information about surrounding world by using sensory.


Director: BBC Active

Is regular sport training really useful for our health as we know since our childhood? How do different people react for different types of physical activity?


Director: BBC Active

Till recently, it was believed that creativity is the gift of God, but… This film is about the process which really occurs in your brain before you are visited by a brilliant idea. It tells us what can help a man to become a creative genius and studies the connection between an obsession and great ideas.


Director: BBC Active

Recent scientific research has shown that scientists can manage the evolution from their laboratories now. Nature becomes the instrument in human arms and this situation changes the habitual look of the world.


Canada, 2012, 95 min,
Director: Simon Ennis

With wry humor and affection, Simon Ennis’ «Lunarcy!» follows a disparate group of dreamers and schemers who all have one thing in common: they’ve devoted their lives to the Moon. From the young man who’s resolved to depart for Luna (permanently) to the ex-ventriloquist who’s made millions selling Moon lots.


USA, 2012, 71 min,
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

The official and exclusive story of the world’s most beloved and scorned cephalopod, whose remarkable string of eight correct ‘predictions’ during the 2010 Soccer World Cup made him a worldwide superstar. Whether Paul is an honest-to-goodness 21st century oracle, or a tentacled sham, remains a hotly debated topic. What is certain, though, is that Paul’s unmatched string of correct predictions has affected us, made us dream, and impacted popular culture. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PAUL THE PSYCHIC OCTOPUS is a biopic of tentacular proportions one that explores celebrity mania at its most outrageous, the science of probabilities, and the possibility of higher powers.

The Fruit Hunters

Canada, 2012, 95 min,
Director: Yung Chang

Adventurers, exotic fruits fanatics and even movie star Bill Pullman, are the subjects of The Fruit Hunters, the new film from acclaimed director Yung Chang. A thrilling journey through nature, commerce and adventure, The Fruit Hunters is a cinematic odyssey that takes viewers from the dawn of humanity to the cutting of edge of modern agriculture - a film that will change not just the way we look at we eat, but what it means to be human.

More Than Honey

Switzerland, Germany, Austria, 2012, 95 min,
Director: Markus Imhoof

Searching for answers for the global bee declines director Markus Imhoof takes us on a trip around the world to meet people living with and off honeybees: almond growers in California, a Swiss mountain beekeeper, a German neuroscientist investigating bee brains, a pollen dealer in China, and bee researchers in Australia. We enter the fascinating world of a bee hive, encounter fighting queens and dancing workers face to face and experience their highly sophisticated swarm intelligence, where the individual constantly serves the requirements of the community.

Particle fever

USA, 2013, 80 min,
Director: Mark Levinson

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to our generation’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

Future My Love

UK, Sweden,, 2012, 95 min,
Director: Maja Borg

Future My Love is a unique love story challenging our collective and personal utopias in search of freedom. At the brink of losing the idealistic love of her life, filmmaker Maja Borg takes us on a poetic road trip through the financial collapse, exploring a radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco. How much freedom are we prepared to give to the ones we love? And how much responsibility are we ready to take for our society? Carefully weaving a texture of archive footage, black and white Super 8 film, and colour HD, Borg poignantly depicts the universal struggle between our heads and hearts in times of big change.

Free the Mind

USA, Denmark, 2012, 80 min,
Director: Phie Ambo

In 1992 Professor Richard Davidson, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness, those qualities cultivated by Tibetan meditation practice. The results of Davidson’s studies at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are portrayed in Free the Mind as they are applied to treating PTSD in returning Iraqi vets and children with ADHD. The film poses two fundamental questions: What really is consciousness, and how does it manifest in the brain and body? And is it possible to physically change the brain solely through mental practices?


USA, 2013, 74 min,
Director: Gus Holwerda

«The Unbelievers» follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues - making the world a better place for all. The film includes interviews with celebrities who support the work of these remarkable scientists.


USA, 2013, 90 min,
Director: Ben Lewis

The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and the people who tried to stop it. In 1937 HG Wells predicted the creation of the «World Brain», a giant global library that contained all human knowledge which would lead to a new form of higher intelligence. Seventy year later the realization of that dream was underway, as Google scanned millions and millions of books for its Google Books website. But over half those books were still in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop them, climaxing in a New York courtroom in 2011. A film about the dreams, dilemmas and dangers of the Internet, set in spectacular locations in China, USA, Europe and Latin America.

Expedition to the end of the world

Denmark, Sweden, 2012, 95 min,
Director: Daniel Dencik

A real adventure film - but in a very modern sense. On a three-mast schooner aboard with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, we set off towards the end of the world: in this case, the rapidly melting ice massifs in North-East Greenland. An epic journey where the brave sailors get acquainted with imaginary tent pitches, polar bear nightmares and entirely new species. But in their encounter with the new, unknown parts of our world, the crew - which ranges from the artists Tal R and Daniel Richter to the geologist Minik Rosing - addresses a number of questions of a fundamental, existential nature.


USA, 2011, 82 min,
Director: Tiffany Shlain

Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eyeopening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life… and our interconnected future. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a highrisk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.

Brussels Business

Belgium, Austria, USA, France, 2012, 95 min,
Director: Matthieu Lietaert, Friedrich Moser

The Brussels Business - Who Runs the European Union? - which puts the spotlight on the power of the lobbying industry in Brussels - is to have its Belgian Premiere at the Millenium Documentary Film Festival in Brussels on Thursday 19 April 2012. Corporate Europe Observatory was approached by the filmmakers at the start of their project and our early work features prominently in the film, which tells the story of how industry lobby groups heavily influenced the EU’s development from the 1980s onwards. The film dives into the shadowy world of lobbying, the secretive networks of power and big business influence on EU-policymaking in Brussels. It tells the non-official version of the European Integration since the 1980s, the story of the neoliberal take-over in European politics.


USA, 2012, 79 min,
Director: Cullen Hoback

What you’re really agreeing to, when you click «I accept». A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything. Terms And Conditions May Apply examines the cost of so-called ‘free’ services and the continuing disappearance of online privacy. People may think they know what they give up when they click ‘I Agree’ on companies like Facebook and Google. They’re wrong.


Denmark, 2012, 77 min,
Director: Adreas M. Dalsgaard

50 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through 40 years. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

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