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Life forms in the cinema: 7 film-debates

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On Tuesdays at 8:15 pm from November 3 to December 15, 2015, the Filmothèque du Quartier Latin offers a program by Perig Pitrou and Jean-Marc Zekri as part of the CNRS-PSL Interdisciplinary Nursery on the theme of "Domestication and Manufacture of Living Things".
 
Last year, the programming Cinema at the frontiers of life has made it possible to discover films addressing the problems raised by hybridization and the creation of virtual worlds. 
This year, the CNRS-PSL Interdisciplinary Nursery "Pépinière interdisciplinaire CNRS-PSL" " Domestication and manufacture of the living" offers a selection showing the protean dimension of life.
 
This overview seeks to show the diversity of life forms (Life Forms) that play a role in certain films. Far from being simply domesticated, this multiplicity of living beings imposes specific constraints that have an influence on social organizations, those "Forms of life" that humans invent in order to live in an environment, such as agriculture, breeding, fishing or hunting. In these contexts, animals, plants and even microscopic beings become actors in their own right, with whom humans develop intimate or sometimes antagonistic relationships. 
 
It is to the exploration of the variety and complexity of these relationships that spectators are invited to attend the film-debates of the program Les Formes de vie au cinéma. During each session, a specialist will present the aesthetic, societal, philosophical or scientific issues related to the film being screened and will lead a discussion with the audience.
 
Programming
 
 
- Tuesday, November 3 at 8:15 pm: "Contagion". (2011, United States, 1h46)
A Steven Soderbergh movie
Debate session led by François Guyot (National Museum of Natural History)
 
- Tuesday 10 November at 8.15 pm: "The Birds". (1963, United States, 2:00 a.m.)
A film by Alfred Hitchcock
Debate session moderated by Frédéric Joulian (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)
 
- Tuesday 17 November at 8.15 pm: "The Cow". (1968, Iran, 1h45)
A Dariush Merhjui movie
Debate moderated by Bamchade Pourvali, film critic and programmer of "Cinema(s) of Iran".
 
 
- Tuesday, November 24th at 8:15pm: "Uncle Boonmee" (2010, Thailand, 1h53)
A film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Panel discussion moderated by Teresa Castro (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III)
 
- Tuesday, December 1st at 8:15 pm: The Seasons (1972, Armenia, 32 mn)
A film by Artavazd Pelechian
Followed by Nous (1969, 30 mn) and Notre siècle (1982, 50 mn), by the same director.
Panel discussion moderated by Kristian Feigelson (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III)
 
- Tuesday, December 8th at 8:15 pm: Max my love 
Debate session led by Dominique Lestel (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
 
 
In the heart of the student district of the Sorbonne, nestled in the rue Champollion with its several art and essay rooms, the Filmothèque is a rallying point for all lovers of the 7th art. Re-editions, often in restored versions, of classics or rediscoveries of the heritage alternate with retrospectives and festivals, in a program that mixes a wide variety of eras, genres and continents. Hosted by a team of enthusiasts, under the aegis of Marilyn Monroe (in the red room) and Audrey Hepburn (in the blue room), spectators share the pleasure and emotions of a projection on a big screen, and can frequently meet and exchange with guests (artists, critics) in a place that has not succumbed to the sirens of consumerism (there are no screen ads). While its intimate rooms retain the cachet of a small theatre with the character of a traditional auditorium, the Film Library has nonetheless equipped itself with top-of-the-range projection equipment and is notably one of the few cinemas capable of projecting films in 4K high-definition digital format.
 

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