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films. Archive 2011

Россия, 2011, 14 min,
Director: Юрий Морозов

"Божья коровка, улети на небо" - эту незатейливую песенку дети напевают, когда алая букашка неторопливо семенит по ребячьей ладошке. А что мы, взрослые, знаем об этих жучках?

Darwin on the evolution trial

France, 2009, 10 min,
Director: Yannick Mahe

An animated film about how inherently curious Charles Darwin takes off for an around-the-world journey with a goal to explore the nature and natural phenomena. Back then, he did not even suspect that this journey would become the beginning of a sensational scientific discovery.


France, 2010, 6 min,
Director: Dennis Verbeek

A short animated film about how a medical drug acts upon the object of treatment and what doctors are guided by when prescribing one or another medication.

An eyeful of sound

UK, 2010,
Director: Rebecca Pine

An Eyeful of Sound is an animated documentary about audio-visual synaesthesia, which describes a joining together of sensations that are normally experienced separately. Synaesthetic people may experience tastes, colors, shapes, smells, or touches in tandem with almost any of their other senses.

Nano you

Spain, UK, 2008, 17 min,
Director: Tom Musto

Introduction to the complex world of Nano-science. What is nano and how can nano-technology change our future?

Does my brain have a sex?

France, Belgium, Sweden, Greece, 2010, 52 min,
Director: Laure Delesalle

Find the answer to the long-standing question of why men and women have such different reactions to same situations? Does this difference have a biological nature? Do intellectual abilities of men and women differ? What is the role of the society in forming and defining these differences?

Higgs, Into the Heart of Imagination

Нидерланды, 2009, 54 min,
Director: Ханни Ван Ден Берг, Ян Ван Ден Берг

В подземной физической лаборатории на границе Франции и Швейцарии идет строительство крупнейшего в истории исследовательского проекта -  Большого адронного коллайдера - самого мощного из когда-либо существовавших ускорителей частиц. Тысячи ученых со всего мира, работающие в CERN, прилагают совместные усилия, чтобы найти бозон Хиггса – иголку в миллионе стогов сена, недостающий элемент в физике элементарных частиц. Картина, съемки которой проходили в течение четырех лет по мере разворачивания исследований в крупнейшей лаборатории мира, отправляет нас в удивительное кинематографическое путешествие в глубины воображения.

The Invention of Dr. NakaMats

Denmark, 2009, 57 min,
Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder

The film tells us about eighty-year old professor Nakamatsu who claims to be the author of over three thousand patented inventions. Nakamatsu is an iconic figure in Japan. He is known as the inventor of the floppy disk and first digital watch, as well as PyonPyon flying shoes and Love Jet sex-aid spray. Until he dies, and his goal is to live as long as 144, he plans to increase the number of his patented inventions to 6 000.

Secrets of the Tribe

UK, Brazil, 2010,
Director: José Padilha

In the 1960s and 1970s, anthropologists were actively engaged in research of the Amazon basin tribes untouched by the civilized world. Thirty years later, the consequences of the research lead to a serious scandal. The methods applied by the scientists appeared to have gone beyond the limits of scientific ethics. Director Jose Padiha raises a question of the ethical boundaries for scientific research. He gives scientists a chance to speak out to defend their methods, and at the same time he shows the tribe Yanomani and tells us their version of the story.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Canada, USA, France, Germany, UK, 2010, 90 min,
Director: Werner Herzog

Chauvet cave was discovered by scientists in 1994. It has been closed for public access due to the fact that over three hundred animal paintings, the most ancient pieces of art in the world, are vulnerable to changes of air humidity in the cave. Scientists exploring the cave personally invited Werner Herzog to make a film that will give everyone interested a chance to see the unique paintings. Herzog picked 3D format to most truly convey the atmosphere.

How Much Does your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

UK, Spain, Germany, USA, Switzerland, France, China, Hong Kong, 2010, 78 min,
Director: Norberto Lopez Amado & Carlos Carcas

The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France. In the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. Foster offers some striking solutions to the problems that this historic event will create.

Into Eternity

Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Italy, 2010, 75 min,
Director: Michael Madsen

Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.


USA, 2010, 93 min,
Director: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, Morgan Spurlock

Freakonomics is a screen adaptation of a like-named book by economist Stephen D. Levitt and journalist Steven J. Dubner. It’s a collection of unusual research demystifying some specifics of economics and allowing us to understand people’s behavior. While classic economics gives answers to questions “for whom?” and “how?”, freakonomics wonders “why?”. The film consists of several parts made by six different directors. In each part the author will explore hidden parts of the ordinary.

Life 2.0

USA, 2010, 100 min,
Director: Jason Spingarn-Koff

The film tells us about people whose lives were drastically changed by the influence of the virtual space. Relationships with people around, feeling oneself as part of the real world and, finally, the very sense of reality have suffered severe changes under the influence of The Second Life program. Life 2.0 has stories of people living the second, virtual life, who have practically lost the connection with the present.

Plug & Pray

Germany, 2009, 90 min,
Director: Jens Schanze

People have dreamt to create clever machines since the earliest times. Scientists and engineers all over the world have worked to create robots that will possibly become an integral part of our life in the future. The film takes the viewer into the world where high technology, robotics, biology, neurobiology and psychology will come together. Viewers will witness how leading laboratories operate in Japan, USA, Italy and Germany, as well as hear the opinions of distinguished experts.

The Real Revolutionaries

USA, 2009, 89 min,
Director: Paul Crowder

The Real Revolutionaries tells a story of eight scientists, founders of leading technology companies including microprocessor manufacturer Intel. Their solutions and discoveries have changed the world and introduced us to the world of digital technology. The revolution in point was easy and smooth but, at the same time, bold. Radical changes in technology lead to changes in and beyond the US, ranging from global warming to aggravation of international conflicts all over the world.

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