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Filmoteca Vasca - Euskadiko Filmategia


The unknown. Cinema and Science

Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) accused Isaac Newton (1643-1727) of destroying the beauty of the rainbow by breaking down its contents, by “unravelling” it. Pedro Miguel Etxenike, president of Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), disagrees: the sense of beauty and wonder that a scientist feels on looking upon nature is not destroyed but is increased.

We had that same sensation when Out There, the first season on cinema and science we organized, was held between January and March 2018: the approach of the scientific eye to a great number of classic and modern titles in the history of science fiction cinema not only did not strip these of poetic and artistic merit, but also gave them clear added value. Three thousand spectators confirmed this and asked us to repeat the experience in 2019. We are doing it again from new angles: not only that of space adventure and exploration (First Man, Salyut-7 and The Martian), but also the new challenges raised by artificial intelligence (2001: A Space Odyssey, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Ex Machina, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049), adding microscopic to telescopic perspective (Fantastic Voyage and The Incredible Shrinking Man), gender focus (Hidden Figures) and the revolutionary thrust that the word “gene” poses (Annihilation) to the season.

The adventure of scientific research provokes osmosis with the adventure underlying cinema by definition. Scientific advancement as the great work of humankind opens pathways through history amidst the darkness of the unknown and the shadows of ignorance, using the same creativity and imagination required by filmmakers assuming their position behind the camera. Cinema and science are beauty. The rainbow can be unravelled poetically.

Admission fees (per session)

General: 3,5 €
Friends of the Museum: 2 €
Younger than 25: Free


Museum Auditorium


OV = Original Version
OVSS = Original Version with Spanish Subtitles
OVES = Original Version with Eukera Subtitles

  • 19 | 01 | 19 - FINISHED

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    2001: A Space Odissey   | 2001: Una odisea del espacio

    Stanley Kubrick, 1968. E.U.A. OVSS. 162'

    * Version restored by Christopher Nolan

    The film narrates different periods from the history of humankind. Millions of years ago, some primates discovered a monolith that led them to a stage of superior intelligence. Millions of years after, another monolith buried in the moon awakens the interest of scientists. Finally, in the course of a NASA mission, HAL 9000 – a machine imbued with artificial intelligence – takes charge of controlling all the systems of manned spacecraft.

    Presentation: Pedro Miguel Etxenike (Physicist; EHU/UPV; DIPC)


  • 26 | 01 | 19 - FINISHED

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    The Incredible Shrinking Man   | Gizon harrigarriro txikiagotua

    Jack Arnold, 1957. E.U.A. OVES. 81'

    Scott Carey is cruising in a motorboat with his wife. While she leaves to get a beer, he is covered by a strange cloud. A few months later, he begins to notice strange changes in his body: little by little, he loses weight and height until he becomes almost invisible. From then on, his life becomes a nightmare, a constant struggle for survival in which daily details pose mortal challenges that only his ingenuity can keep at bay.

    Presentation: Aran García-Lekue (Fisic; Ikerbasque; DIPC)


  • 02 | 02 | 19 - FINISHED

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    Fantastic Voyage  | Viaje alucinante

    Richard Fleischer, 1966. E.U.A. OVSS. 100'

    Professor Bennet is a scientist who has created a formula that can reduce the human body to microscopic size for an unlimited period of time. As he makes ready to deliver it to the Pentagon, some spies provoke a traffic accident, leaving the professor incapable of any scientific activity. But the Combined Miniature Deterrent Forces implement a plan to operate on him from the inside.

    Presentation: Juan José Sáenz (Physicist; Ikerbasque; DIPC)


  • 09 | 02 | 19 - FINISHED

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    First Man  | El primer hombre

    Damien Chazelle, 2018. E.U.A, Japan. OVSS. 141'

    The film tells the story of the NASA mission that brought the first man to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the period between 1961 and 1969. A first-person narrative based on the James R. Hansen novel, which explores the sacrifice and price this represented for both Armstrong and the United States, one of the most dangerous missions in history.

    Presentation: Silvia Bonoli (Fisic; Ikerbasque; DIPC)


  • 16 | 02 | 19 - FINISHED

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    The Martian  | Martetarra

    Ridley Scott, 2015. E.U.A. OVES. 144'

    During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is given up for dead after a terrible storm and abandoned by the crew, who return to Earth. But Watney has survived and is now trapped and alone on the hostile red planet. With supplies running low, he is forced to resort to his own ingenuity and instinct of survival to find a way to tell Earth that he is still alive.

    Presentation: Itziar Gárate (Fisic; Ikerbasque; DIPC)


  • 23 | 02 | 19

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    Ex Machina

    Alex Garland, 2014. United Kingdom. OVSS. 108'

    Nathan, a multi-millionaire programmer known for a hermit, chooses Caleb, a young employee in his firm, to spend a week with him in a remote place in the mountains to participate in a test involving his latest creation: Ava, a female robot in whom artificial intelligence is everything.

    Presentation: Juan José Gómez Cadenas (Physicist; Ikerbasque; DIPC)


  • 02 | 03 | 19

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science]

    BANG! BANG! ZINEMA (Sesión doble)

    Blade Runner

    Ridley Scott, 1982. E.U.A. OVSS. 117'

    At the start of the 21st century, thanks to the advances of genetic engineering, the powerful Tyrell Corporation created a robot series, Nexus-6, beings virtually identical to humans but superior to them in strength and agility, who were called replicants. These robots worked as slaves in the Earth's off-world colonies. Following the bloody rebellion of a Nexus-6 team, the replicants were exiled from the Earth. Special police brigades, the blade runners, had orders to kill all those who had not observed the sentence. However, this was not called execution but "retirement". After a serious incident, former blade runner Rick Deckard is recalled to active service to find and "retire" some rebel replicants.


    Blade Runner 2049

    Denis Villeneuve, 2107. E.U.A. OVSS. 164'

    A new blade runner (K) discovers a well-kept secret that could end the chaos ruling society. K's discovery leads him to launch the search for Rick Deckard, a blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

    Presentation: Javier Aizpurua (Physicist; Centro de Física de Materiales CSIC-UPV/EHU)


  • 09 | 03 | 19

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence  | A.I. Inteligencia Artificial

    Steven Spielberg, 2001. E.U.A. OVSS. 146'

    In a future world, human beings coexist with sophisticated robots called Mechas. Feelings are the only things that differentiate people from machines. But when a robot child named David is programmed to love, humans are not prepared for the consequences, and David finds himself alone in a strange and dangerous world.

    Presentation: Humberto Bustince (Mathematician; Universidad Pública de Navarra)


  • 16 | 03 | 19

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    Annihilation  | Aniquilación

    Alex Garland, 2018. United Kingdom,E.U.A. OVSS. 115'

    When her husband disappears during a secret mission to return without recalling anything, Lena the biologist joins an expedition to a mysterious region cordoned off by the USA government. The group, composed of five women scientists, investigates zone X, an intriguing place controlled by a powerful alien force. Zone X is a place where other expeditions have gone, but from which none have returned.

    Presentation: Ana Zubiaga (Biologist; UPV/EHU)


    Free entrance until full capacity

  • 23 | 03 | 19

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    Salyut-7   | Salyut-7: Héroes en el espacio

    Klim Shipenko, 2017. Russia. OVSS. 111'

    Bi kosmonauta errusiarrek 1985ean Salyut-7 espazio-estazioa berreskuratu zutenekoa kontatzen digu filmak

    Presentation: Eugene V. Chulkov (Physicist; UPV/EHU; DIPC)


  • 30 | 03 | 19

    19:00 h [ The Unknown. Film and Science ]

    Hidden Figures   | Figura ezkutuak

    Theodore Melfi, 2016. E.U.A. OVES. 117'

    This tells the story of three Afroamerican women scientists working in NASA at the start of the sixties (in the middle of the space race and the Black American civil rights struggle) on the project to launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

    Presentation: Marta Macho-Stadler (Mathematician; UPV/EHU)