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September 20 , 2013

A CONSTELLATION OF SCIENCE RELATED FILMS


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What kind of world are we living in?! That question takes on explosive new meaning the moment it seems that science is being silenced and the pursuit of knowledge is being impeded. Given that, it’s encouraging to discover this inspiring set of films that embrace the spirit of science and explore the profound pleasure of asking questions. It can be a rough business doggedly maintaining the pursuit of truth and art in the face of political hurdles and economic imperatives. However, these films are up to the challenge. Let’s welcome back the enlightenment!

A Constellation of Science Related Films

Particle Fever

PARTICLE FEVER

USA | Director: Mark Levinson

Related Links: Interview with Editor Walter Murch | Facebook | Clip 1 | Clip 2

Canadian Premiere

Fri. Oct 4, 6:15 pm, SFU-GCA
Sun. Oct 6, 10:45 am, SFU-GCA

Physicist turned filmmaker Mark Levinson takes us behind the scenes during one of modern science’s most epochal events—the launch of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva. Following six scientists, Levinson—aided by master editor Walter Murch—crafts a celebration of discovery while revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

Mark Levinson, David Kaplan & Walter Murch in attendance

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Salmon Confidential

SALMON CONFIDENTIAL

Canada | Director: Twyla Roscovich

Related Links: Official Website

Wed. Oct 2, 6:00 pm, Intl Village 9
Fri. Oct 4, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9

Riding shotgun with biologist Alexandra Morton, documentarian Twyla Roscovich details the dangerous viruses that are flourishing in BC’s wild salmon and our government’s efforts to suppress evidence of this epidemic. An alarming document of our elected officials working against our best interests, this exposé is a must-see for every British Columbian.

Twyla Roscovich & Alexandra Morton in attendance

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Measuring the World

MEASURING THE WORLD

(Die Vermessung der Welt)

Germany | Director: Detlev Buck

Related Links: Article

North American Premiere

Mon. Sep 30, 4:10 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 3, 6:15 pm, Intl Village 9
Sat. Oct 5, 3:40 pm, Intl Village 9

Daniel Kehlmann’s irreverent, globetrotting "fictitious double-biography" of early 19th-century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and his contemporary, explorer Alexander von Humboldt, is brought to the big screen in glorious 3D by Detlev Buck. Epic in scope and occasionally very funny, this is the Age of Discovery as you’ve never seen it before.
Special 3D Presentation.

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Once Upon a Forest

ONCE UPON A FOREST

(Il était une forêt)

France | Director: Luc Jacquet

Related Links: Trailer

North American Premiere

Classification: TBA

Sat. Sep 28, 11:30 am, Intl Village 10
Mon. Sep 30, 6:30 pm, Intl Village 9
Fri. Oct 4, 4:15 pm, Centre for Arts

Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) and pioneering botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé fly us to the very top of the Amazon rainforest canopy and chronicle seven centuries in the life of this "green lung" of the world. A glorious celebration of trees and a call to arms for the protection of this wondrous tropical ecosystem.

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Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu Working with the Wind

BREATHING EARTH: SUSUMU SHINGU WORKING WITH THE WIND

Germany/UK | Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Fri. Sep 27, 2:30 pm, Vancity
Tue. Oct 8, 7:15 pm, Vancity
Fri. Oct 11, 4:30 pm, SFU-GCA

Artist and architect Susumu Shingu has had a lifelong “dialogue with the wind and with water.” Now he wants to create wind-powered communities. Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) documents this combination of passionate environmental story and moving exploration of creativity with characteristic eloquence and lustrous imagery.

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The Expedition to the End of the World

THE EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD

(Ekspeditionen til verdens ende)

Denmark/Sweden | Director: Daniel Dencik

Related Links: Official Website | Review

Mon. Oct 7, 3:45 pm, Centre for Arts
Wed. Oct 9, 7:15 pm, Rio

Set against ancient glaciers, an old-fashioned schooner carries a merry band of scientists and artists (Daniel Richter and Tal R) to absolutely sublime arctic lands previously unvisited. Displaying a spirit of adventure and sense of the absurd, Daniel Dencik’s striking documentary takes us on "a sublimely idiosyncratic odyssey."—Maclean’s

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Kiss the Water

KISS THE WATER

UK/USA | Director: Eric Steel

Related Links: Clip | Review

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Sep 29, 6:15 pm, SFU-GCA
Tue. Oct 1, 1:30 pm, Vancity
Sat. Oct 5, 10:30 am, Intl Village 9

A visually stunning celebration of the artistry and idiosyncrasy of Megan Boyd, the reclusive Scot whose intricate, hand-tied fishing flies made her a legend to anglers and artisans alike. An amalgam of breathtaking painted animation and reverential musings regarding the allure of fly fishing, Eric Steel’s enchanting documentary is "an elegant and fascinating delight…"—Screen

Eric Steel in attendance

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Arctic Defenders

ARCTIC DEFENDERS

Canada | Director: John Walker

Related Links: Official Website | Trailer | Article

Wed. Oct 2, 6:45 pm, Intl Village 10
Fri. Oct 4, 3:30 pm, SFU-GCA

In his latest masterful documentary, John Walker traces the origins of Nunavut. The furthest thing from a stodgy history lesson, this is an epic drama featuring radicals, visionaries and Western civilization’s largest land claim. It’s also an incredibly personal film, as it charts Walker’s return to the High Arctic he first explored as a wide-eyed teenager.
Winner, Best Atlantic Feature, Atlantic 2013.

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Sol LeWitt

SOL LEWITT

Netherlands | Directors: Chris Teerink

Related Links: Website & Trailer | Article

Sat. Sep 28, 4:40 pm, Vancity
Thu. Oct 10, 9:00 pm, SFU-GCA

When Sol LeWitt died in 2007, The New York Times called him the "master of conceptualism… whose deceptively simple geometric sculptures and drawings, and ecstatically colored jazzy wall paintings established him as a lodestar of modern American art." Chris Teerink’s excellent appreciation visits NY, Holland and Italy, providing a compelling demonstration of the rewards of economy and clarity.

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Open Field

OPEN FIELD

(Campo abierto)

Mexico/USA/UK/France | Director: Juan Carlos Martín

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 10:00 am, Cinematheque
Tue. Oct 1, 1:30 pm, Cinematheque
Sun. Oct 6, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque

Gliding with the grace of a boomerang, Juan Carlos Martín’s documentary circles back through artist Gabriel Orozco’s career, tracing how the Mexican modernist’s drawings, photographs and sculptures became so influential. And every time the camera returns to Orozco, we see an artist wrestling with precisely what a career retrospective signifies.

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Also of Interest


Tales From the Doc Side - Part 2 (see Part 1 here)


Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys

AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS

USA/Finland | Director: Jessica Oreck

Related Links: Official Website

Sun. Sep 29, 6:15 pm, Intl Village 8
Mon. Sep 30, 10:50 am, Intl Village 8
Fri. Oct 11, 5:00 pm, Vancity

Representative of the best new face of eco-tourism, Jessica Oreck’s (Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo) exquisite documentary examines the skilled humble lives and rugged routines of one enterprising Finnish family, celebrating the uncommon relationship they’ve forged with nature. "A work of ethereal beauty… utterly engrossing…"—Variety

Jessica Oreck in attendance

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Belleville Baby

BELLEVILLE BABY

Sweden | Director: Mia Engberg

Related Links: Official Website | Director’s Website

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 2:30 pm, Vancity
Sun. Sep 29, 5:00 pm, Vancity

Mia Engberg’s personal docu-essay is a sly model of the genre—it weaves memory, love, loss, politics, class, aging, cynicism and hope into one deeply affecting tapestry. When Engberg was young and living in Paris’ Belleville district, she fell in love with an Algerian crook, who disappeared. Back in Sweden many years later, she gets a call from him…

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Code Black

CODE BLACK

USA | Director: Ryan McGarry

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Oct 3, 11:10 am, Intl Village 10
Sat. Oct 5, 7:00 pm, SFU-GCA

A doctor at LA County Hospital, first-time filmmaker Ryan McGarry provides the ultimate insider’s look at the realities of the ER and the adrenaline-charged residents who work there. Fast-paced and provocative, McGarry’s accomplished work will disturb and enlighten by turns.
Winner, Best Documentary, Los Angeles 2013.

Ryan McGarry in attendance

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What Now? Remind Me

WHAT NOW? REMIND ME

(E agora? Lembra-me)

Portugal | Director: Joaquim Pinto

North American Premiere

Sat. Sep 28, 9:00 pm, Vancity
Mon. Sep 30, 10:00 am, Vancity

"One of [Locarno’s] biggest surprises and most rewarding films… [Joaquim Pinto’s work] emerged from a year in which Pinto, HIV-positive since the 90s, endured an experimental clinical trial… This profoundly moving film about living in the shadow of death becomes an all-encompassing meditation on what it means to be alive."—Los Angeles Times.
Winner, Special Jury Prize, Locarno 2013.

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The Kill Team

THE KILL TEAM

USA | Director: Dan Krauss

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Wed. Oct 2, 8:45 pm, Intl Village 9
Sat. Oct 5, 11:00 am, SFU-GCA
Tue. Oct 8, 12:15 pm, Cinematheque

If you were a young soldier in Afghanistan and thought the line between the "fog of war" and "killing for sport" was being crossed, would you blow the whistle? Adam Winfield did, and then found himself a target of one of the largest war crimes investigations in US history. Dan Krauss directed this riveting, must-see exposé of what armed foreign intervention can lead to.
Winner, Best Documentary, Tribeca 2013.

Dan Krauss in attendance

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La maison de la radio

LA MAISON DE LA RADIO

France/Japan | Director: Nicolas Philibert

Related Links: Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 1:30 pm, SFU-GCA
Mon. Sep 30, 7:00 pm, Intl Village 10
Thu. Oct 3, 9:20 pm, Intl Village 8

A wonderful film about listening, and about the value of great public institutions. Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have) turns his probing, sensitive camera on the inner workings of public broadcaster Radio France to enchanting, enlightening and frequently surprising effect. "A terrific documentary… humorous as well as continually insightful."—Variety

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The Missing Picture

THE MISSING PICTURE

(L’ image manquante)

France/Cambodia | Director: Rithy Panh

Related Links: Review | Review | Review

Sat. Sep 28, 2:40 pm, Vancity
Fri. Oct 4, 2:00 pm, Intl Village 10
Fri. Oct 11, 6:45 pm, SFU-GCA

In this piercing masterpiece, Rithy Panh grapples with the horrors Cambodia faced under the Khmer Rouge. "A series of painstakingly crafted dioramas… at once extremely fragile and necessarily distanced… A dam constructed to control the flow of an ocean of sorrow."—Film Comment.
Winner, Best Film, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2013.

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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

MONEY FOR NOTHING: INSIDE THE FEDERAL RESERVE

USA | Director: Jim Bruce

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Sep 29, 4:15 pm, Cinematheque
Sat. Oct 5, 9:00 pm, Cinematheque
Tue. Oct 8, 11:00 am, SFU-GCA

This lucid and highly engaging account of how we got into financial crisis takes a broad historical view. Jim Bruce’s film also brilliantly organizes a vast range of material and interviews with many of the key players. Current and former Fed officials join a wide range of top economists and historians to speak frankly about their roles and warn of dangers ahead.

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A Mother’s Dream

A MOTHER’S DREAM

(Ma Na Sapna)

Switzerland/India | Director: Valerie Gudenus

Related Links: Website & Trailer

North American Premiere

Thu. Oct 3, 11:00 am, SFU-GCA
Sat. Oct 5, 7:00 pm, Vancity

Six pregnant women in India dream of the better life they’ll enjoy the day their babies are born… and then handed over to their rightful mothers. A sensitive, well-crafted examination of the complex issue of surrogacy, Valerie Gudenus’ documentary chronicles these women’s aspirations and the complications that arise during their nine-month journeys.

Valerie Gudenus in attendance

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On the Edge of the World

ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

(Au bord du monde)

France | Director: Claus Drexel

North American Premiere

Fri. Oct 4, 7:00 pm, Vancity
Sun. Oct 6, 10:30 am, Intl Village 8

Paris, at night. This is where Jeni, Wenceslas, Christine, Pascal and the others live. Homeless, they haunt the streets and bridges, and the corridors of the metro, on the edge of a world where society no longer offers protection. They face us and they talk… Claus Drexel’s luminously shot film contrasts the beauty of the city with the plight of the homeless to deeply moving effect.

Claus Drexel in attendance

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The Summit

THE SUMMIT

Ireland/UK | Director: Nick Ryan

Related Links: Website & Trailer

Canadian Premiere

Sun. Oct 6, 6:15 pm, Playhouse
Fri. Oct 11, 4:15 pm, Centre for Arts

In 2008, 18 climbers from a party of 24 reached the summit of the world’s second-highest mountain, the treacherous K2; 48 hours later 11 were either dead or had simply vanished. What happened? Nick Ryan weaves together found footage, eerie reenactments and interviews with survivors to try and solve this tragic mystery.

Nick Ryan in attendance

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The Venice Syndrome

THE VENICE SYNDROME

(Das Venedig Prinzip)

Germany/Italy/Austria | Director: Andreas Pichler

Related Links: Trailer

Fri. Sep 27, 1:40 pm, Intl Village 10
Mon. Sep 30, 9:15 pm, Cinematheque
Mon. Oct 7, 7:00 pm, Cinematheque

Venice is sinking—under the weight of more than 21 million tourists per year. Andreas Pichler’s revelatory and compassionate documentary is squarely on the side of the locals as they use humour and heart to cope with unconcerned governments, oblivious day-tourists and the disastrous crumbling of a way of life.

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Vojta Lavička: Ups and Downs

VOJTA LAVIČKA: UPS AND DOWNS

(Vojta Lavička: Nahoru a dolu)

Czech Republic | Director: Helena Třeštíková

International Premiere

Sat. Oct 5, 10:50 am, Intl Village 8
Tue. Oct 8, 9:15 pm, Rio

Despite enviable accomplishments, Romany musician, activist and reporter Vojta Lavička still wrestles with self-destructive tendencies. Unfolding over 16 years, Helena Trestíková’s intimate documentary examines the lot of the Czech Republic’s marginalized Roma, while a sweeping Romany music soundtrack grabs your heartstrings and never loosens its grip.

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Village at the End of the World

VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD

UK/Denmark/Greenland | Director: Sarah Gavron, David Katznelson

Related Links: Official Website

North American Premiere

Thu. Sep 26, 4:45 pm, Vancity
Thu. Oct 10, 6:30 pm, SFU-GCA

A truly memorable documentary about the cycles of life in the remote northwest coastal Greenland village of Niaqornat. The remaining 59 citizens, most of them Inuit, are on thin ice, their traditions jeopardized by climate change and the influence of the outside world. Sarah Gavron directed this "beautiful, austere movie."—Observer

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