6 films
Marvelous yet frighteningly effective – that’s what was said about AI, fearing it would strip away what we have considered exclusively human. It was said it would compose music that’s more beautiful, write poetry that’s more moving, create paintings that are more deserving of recognition. And finally – that it would practice science better than we do. However, that won’t happen. It’s proven by the films selected by Karol Jałochowski for this year’s edition of Docs+Science.
  • Close to Vermeer (Dicht bij Vermeer)

    dir. Suzanne Raes

    What is the secret of the authenticity of Vermeer's painting? Is it in the paint composition? The technique of its application? The art of chiaroscuro? Art historians, curators, conservators all study his works, yet despite growing knowledge, this artist remains increasingly fascinating and invariably mysterious.

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  • Cyborg Generation

    dir. Miguel Morillo Vega

    The sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch make the apparatus bestowed upon us by evolution. We navigate the world of senses using the five coordinates listed above. Science and technology propose to expand this set by additional dimensions, which are already employed by the explorers of new territories.

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  • Geographies of Solitude

    dir. Jacquelyn Mills

    A portrayal of Zoe Lucas is devoted to the naturalist who spent over 40 years studying Canada’s Sable Island in the Atlantic. Analysing of the island’s population of wild horses, she created a chronicle of the cyclical interlacing of the animate with the inanimate. In this film overcoming the barrier of sight and hearing, the voice is given to nature.

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  • Isaac Asimov, a Message to the Future (Isaac Asimov, l’étrange testament du père des robots)

    dir. Mathias Théry

    Interstellar journeys, intelligent machines, new forms of civilization – Isaac Asimov predicted the entire future in the largest scales of time and space as well as in the most minute details. The visions contained in his books belonged to the sphere of fantasy. Today, thanks to science, many of them have become reality. Employing AI in a perverse manner, French director Mathias Théry asks questions about the relationship between science and fiction.

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  • Metamorphosis

    dir. Pim Zwier

    Maria Sibylla Meriam was Mary of flowers and butterflies. This 17th century German researcher was the precursor of entomology, ecology and developmental biology. In her albums, the intimate life of insects was portrayed with scientific discipline and artistic talent. Pim Zwier walks in her footsteps subjecting viewers to an experiment aiming to test their patience and attentiveness.

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  • Thermodielectric (Termodielétrico)

    dir. Ana Costa Ribeiro

    When he was on his deathbed, Brazil was bidding farewell to him as an activist advocating for the peaceful application of nuclear energy. Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro's granddaughter and the author of this very personal film tries to reconstruct her grandfather persona using private and public memory traces.

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