Open-air Summer Cinema at the Copernicus Science Centre is a number of film gatherings, taking place on Fridays. Each screening is preceded by a discussion with an expert whose work is related to the topic of the film. This year, we have prepared two themes – Motion (in July) and The Mechanical Man (in August). The presented films are dedicated to social themes, however, they additionally demonstrate the current changes in culture and civilisation.
The films are being screened in original languages with Polish subtitles.
Theme I – Motion
June 29th, at 9:00 PM
(dir. Emer Reynolds |. Ireland, 2017, 121 mins)
See “The Farthest” trailer »
Autumn 1977, NASA launched twin Voyager probes. Currently, they are already outside our solar system. These objects, being the most distant from Earth, remain operational and send data from the interstellar space. Golden plates with sounds and images from our planets, were placed in these probes, intended for extraterrestrial civilisations. The document reminds about one of the most significant projects in the history of mankind. It presents men that were led to the Voyager programme due to their unlimited imagination. The document shows the recollections regarding the golden age of the American curiosity and the urge to explore the unseen.
Jakub Falaciński – psychologist, inventor. Co-founder of the EXORiON foundation, dedicated to testing the experimental technologies and innovative solutions in extreme conditions. The initiator of the first Mars analogue mission – Exo18 – in the American Mars Desert Research Station habitat, in the Utah desert, Marth 2017. In order to fulfil own dreams regarding conquering the universe, he established the Scientific Club of Avial and Space Psychology, which he presided over between 2011–2015. During his first Martian analogue mission AMADEE-2015, established by the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF), he tested his own device – a FOG fog shower designed for astronauts.
July 6th, 9:00 PM
The Salt of the Earth
(dir. Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado | Germany, 2014 | 110 mins)
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A Brazillian photographer Sebastiao Salgado has travelled the world for 40 years. He documented the life of people during the time of radical change, bearing witness to the most significant events worldwide: global military conflicts, famine and forced migration. He is famous for his photography dedicated to the condition of man. In his photographic project, dedicated to the beauty of the Earth, Salgado for the first time receded from social photography for documenting areas untouched by Western civilisation, where fauna and flora expand to this day. The film shows the life of Sebastiao Selgado and his works, due to which he became one of the most famous photographers in the world. We have the chance to witness Salgado’s life from his son’s perspective, Julian’s, as well as, Wim Wenders’, a photographer and the co-director of the film.
Joanna Kinowska – art historian, specialises in photography. Works at the Służewski Community Centre. Independent curator of photographic exhibitions, an editor of photo albums. An author of photography articles, cooperating with “Przekrój”, “Digital Camera Polska” and Fotopolis.pl. She writes an original blog dedicated to photographic culture miejscefotografii.blogspot.com. A lecturer at the Academy of Photography (history of photography, photoedition).
July 13th, 9:00 PM
(dir. Louie Psihoyos | USA, 2015 | 95 mins)
See the “Racing Extinction” trailer »
Roughly half of the Earth species is at the brink of extinction. Including us. Scientists believe, that the day of extinction is coming, and they are sounding the alarm. They are initiating a race with time in order to stop the mass extinction of fauna and flora. An Oscar winner for “The Cove”, a former photographer for “National Geographic”, Louie Psihoyos decided to actively participate in these activities. In his visually spectacular film he presents a mesmerising and convincing view regarding life on Earth. It encourages us to reflect upon the fate of our planet and its fauna and flora. Employing modern technology, Psihoyos demonstrates that homo sapiens caused the most severe extinction of world species since the extinction of dinosaurs. According to him, overpopulation, globalisation and the breeding industry are the main causes of the phenomenon, We are the only organisms that may prevent the coming catastrophe. Can we face this challenge?
Katarzyna Jagiełło – Greenpeace Biological Diversity expert. A coordinator of a campaign dedicated to the preservation of pollination insects, a co-founder of the “Adopt a Bee” initiative. A member of the Ministry of Agriculture Ecological Agriculture Council. Involved in the preservation of seas and oceans, a diving instructor, translator, traveller and an activist. In April 2016, she occupied the Ministry of Agriculture roof under the banner of “The whole Primeval [Białowieża] Forest should be a National Park”, and blocked the tree-downing harvesters in the wilderness in 2017. She will not rest until the entire primeval forest is not preserved as it deserves.
July 20th, 9:00 PM
(dir. Janet Tobias | USA, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Kongo, Germany, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Great Britain, 2017 | 97 mins)
See the “Unseen Enemy” trailer »
In the 21st century we are all connected. The increase in the number of the population, mass urbanisation, tree-downing, climate change, and intensified tourism considerably increased the risk of spreading and mutation of known diseases and the appearance of new ones. In the film, we get to meet people who faced epidemics – physicians, epidemiologists and patients. Analysing the recent Ebola, flu and Ziki epidemics we see the best and the worst human reactions that broadly transgress the plane of disease and death.
PhD Paweł Grzesiowski – medical doctor, paediatrician, immunologist, vaccinologist, an expert in infection preventive healthcare, including hospital infections. The Secretary of the Paediatrics Team of Experts for the Vaccination Programme at the Ministry of Healthcare. The Director of the Infection Prevention Institute Foundation, The Director of Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation in Warsaw. A lecturer at the Public Health Institute at the Medical University of Warsaw. An author and a co-author of roughly 260 works published in national and worldwide medical journals. A promoter of medical knowledge, winner of the “Great Educator” award, presented by the Journalists for Health Society.
July 27th, 9:00 PM
Planete + special screening
(dir. Tamar Baumgarten | Germany/France, 2017 | 52 mins)
The film shows the promising visions of new means of transportation. More often do we speak of the so-called Hyperloop, a train of the future, that would travel faster than sound. It may seem incredible, like a nonchalant challenge against the laws of physics, but scientists and entrepreneurs worldwide work to make the utopian vision real – the very idea is taken from no one else than Elon Musk himself. The current technological achievements allow us to travel faster and farther – it does not remain neutral in regard to worldwide economy – simultaneously revealing the weak points of our traditional means of transportation, their relatively low efficiency, uncertainty and environmental hazard.
Theme II – The Mechanical Man
August 3rd, 9:00 PM
(dir. Fritz Lang | Germany, 1927 | 153 mins)
See the “Metropolis” trailer »
One of the first film to present the theory of a robot. A genius inventor is working on creating the worker of the future – a mechanical man that never tires and never falls down. His invented robot, Maria, fulfils the worst wishes of its owner. “Metropolis” is one of the few films UNESCO regards to as historically significant. This cult work of German Expressionism was extremely unlucky – it did not enjoy a commercial success, the original tapes were destroyed and records were found only 80 years later. The second release of “Metropolis” took place only 8 years ago at the festival in Berlin.
August 10th, 9:00 PM
Lo and Behold. Reveries of the Connected World
(dir. Werner Herzog I USA, 2016 I 97 mins)
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When will be able to tweet our thoughts? Are there still places untouched by electromagnetic waves? The film is the biography of the Internet. The director is examining the history, starting with the year 1969, and speculates upon the influence of the global network on the society. He leads his audience via a series of provocative discussions, that show how the internet reshaped almost all elements of the real world in practice – from business, via education, space travel, ending with healthcare and personal relations.
August 17th, 9:00 PM
(dir. Greg Kohs, | USA, 2017 | 90 mins)
See the “AlphaGo” trailer »
In 1997, the Deep Blue computer software had defeated the chess champion Garry Kasparov. Only two decades later, the first battle between the AlphaGo algorithm and the champion of the Go Chinese game, considered to be the most difficult strategy board game in the world, took place. Lee Sedol, who took the Go championship 18 times, was defeated by a machine. Human intelligence was defeated by artificial intelligence. During the screening of the “AlphaGo” documentary, we will learn about what artificial intelligence, algorithms and machine learning are. How does artificial intelligence learn? What combination of techniques was applied to the AlphaGo algorithm in order to make it so successful? What can we learn from AlphaGo? How AlphaGo achievements may be translated to practical disciplines and those that are closer to real life?
August 24th, 9:00 PM
(dir. Benjamin Dickinson | USA, 2015, 97 mins)
See the “Creative Control” trailer »
David, played by the director and the screenwriter of the film, is an overworked employee of an ad agency, addicted to technological novelties. He is preparing a campaign regarding high-tech glasses, giving access to augmented reality. His relationship with Juliette, a yoga instructor, is entering a difficult phase. He is envious of his buddy Wim, a fashion photographer, who is having a great time with the sexy Sophie. Therefore, he is creating with the Augmenta glasses… a very well made avatar of Sophie. The boundaries between fantasy and reality are distorted. Passion reaches a peak moment and things get out of control. The film is a sort of an existential satire. It shows the condition of the contemporary society, in which man, examining and manipulating his most intimate desires, becomes the actor and his own audience at the same time.
August 31st, 9:00 PM
Cyborgs among us
(dir. Rafel Duran Torrent | Hiszpania, 2017 | 90 min)
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In the documentary, Neil Harbisson is introducing us to the world of men-machines. This Great Britain born musician and artist of Catalonian origins is the first officially acclaimed human cyborg, who “sees” in infrared and in ultraviolet. Having achromatopsy – a rare congenital disease of the retina, resulting in i.a. colour blindness – Neil recognises colours and sees those that are unavailable to others, due to special implants and an added antenna. “Cyborgs among us” takes us on a worldwide journey, allowing to meet the characters for whom technology is an inseparable part of the body, expanding human capabilities.
Each Summer Friday from June 29th to August 31st 2018 Starting at 9:00 PM
Admission free of charge, places are limited.
The CSC Summer stage, behind the Centre. In case of bad weather conditions the event will be placed in the interiors.