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Filmoteca Vasca - Euskadiko Filmategia


Cinema and science

During his recent visit to the Basque Film Archive, the great Bertrand Tavernier related an anecdote. Together with his son, Nils Tavernier, he filmed a documentary about a French suburb for six months. There he interviewed, among others, a retired factory worker whose story proved strangely touching. Sometime afterwards, Nils and Bertrand visited the man again and found him seriously ill and much weakened. On saying goodbye to Bertrand at the threshold of his house, the worker looked at him and said: "Keep transmitting". For Bertrand Tavernier, these were some of the most moving words he had ever heard. There was something of the "sacred" in them, like a kind of order given to cinema directors like himself. Since then, he tells us, everything he does, he does so, thinking of that man.

For three years now, there has been a firm intention shared between the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and the Basque Film Archive: to transmit cinematic culture and scientific culture. The efforts of the San Sebastian International Film Festival join us now, which is a reason for celebration. The formula for our project is based on film presentations and debates after viewing films with scientists. Throughout the two previous years, audiences faithfully attending have seemed to want to tell us – just as the worker told Tavernier – to keep transmitting. And we are working on that in this third edition.

Ágora (Alejandro Amenábar, 2009) immerses us in the exciting debates between religion and science since Antiquity through the exceptional figure of Hipatia. Why the classic Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946)? There are 183.84 weighty reasons (atomically speaking). Gattaca (Andrew Niccol, 1997) will take us to the field of genetic manipulation. Proxima (Alice Winocour, 2019) is one of the gems that shone the brightest in the Official Section of the last San Sebastián Film Festival. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013) is artificial intelligence and much more. Autómata (Gabe Ibáñez, 2014) is a dystopian film that delves in depth into the world of robotics. The Tree of Life (2011) by Terrence Malick won the Cannes Film Festival and grows larger on the silver screen… Our usual review of science fiction classics this year features The Man with the X-ray Eyes (Roger Corman, 1963) and Woman in the Moon (Fritz Lang, 1929) two magnificent examples. In Awakenings (Penny Marshall, 1990), we approach neurology through the eyes of Oliver Sacks, whereas in Ad Astra (2019), James Gray combines the inner journey with space adventure.

We keep transmitting.

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 Euskera Subtitles

Hand programme


  • 11 | 01 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]


    Alejandro Amenábar, 2009. Spain. OVSS. 126'

    During the 4th century, Egypt was a province of the Roman Empire. Its most important city, Alexandria, had become the last bulwark of culture confronting a world in crisis, dominated by confusion and violence. In 391, hordes of fanatics vented their wrath upon the legendary Library of Alexandria. Trapped behind its walls, brilliant astronomer Hipatia, a philosopher and atheist, struggles to save the wisdom of the ancient world, without noticing that her young slave Davo is torn between his secret love for her and the freedom he could attain by joining the unstoppable rise of Christianity.

    Presentation: Pedro Miguel Etxenike

  • 18 | 01 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]


    Charles Vidor., 1946. U.S.A. OVES. 110'

    Johnny Farrell, an adventurer living off cheating at games, lands in Buenos Aires. There, Ballin Mundson, the owner of a luxury casino, pulls him out of trouble and ends up making him his right-hand man. One day, Mundson introduces him to his wife, Gilda – to his boundless surprise: she was precisely the woman who turned him into what he was, a bitter cynic

    Presentation: Rosa Errazkin

  • 25 | 01 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]


    Andrew Niccol, 1997. U.S.A. OVES. 106'

    Set in a future society where most children are conceived in vitro subject to genetic selection techniques. Vincent, one of the last children conceived naturally, is born with a cardiac deficiency and is condemned to performing the most unpleasant tasks. Since childhood, he has dreamed of travelling to space, but he knows full well he will never be selected. One day, he meets a man who gives him the key to forming part of the elite: by replacing Jerome, an athlete whom an accident rendered paralytic. Thus, Vincent enters Gattaca Corporation, an aerospace industry, which selects him to perform a mission on Titan.

    Presentation: Leire Escajedo

  • 01| 02 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]


    Alice Winocour, 2019. U.S.A. OVSS. 107'

    Sarah is a French astronaut training at the European Space Agency in Cologne. She is the only woman in the arduous program. She lives alone with Stella, her seven-year-old daughter. Sarah feels guilty about not being able to spend more time with her child. Her love is overpowering, unsettling. When Sarah is chosen to join the crew of a year-long space mission called Proxima, it creates chaos in the mother-daughter relationship.

    Presentation: Silvia Bonoli

  • 08 | 02 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]


    Spike Jonze, 2013. U.S.A. OVSS. 126'

    In a near future, Theodore, a loner about to be divorced and working in a company as a letter-writer for third parties, buys a new operating system one day based on an artificial intelligence model designed to satisfy all users' needs. To his surprise, a romantic relationship arises between himself and Samantha, the woman's voice of this operating system.

    Presentation: Gustavo Ariel Schwartz

  • 15 | 02 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]


    Gabe Ibáñez, 2014. Spain. OVSS. 110'

    It is 2044. The increase in sunstorms has made the surface of the Earth a radioactive desert, reducing human population to 21 million. An insurance agent for a robotics company is investigating an apparently routine case when he discovers something that could have decisive consequences for the future of humankind.

    Presentation: Gustavo Ariel Schwartz

  • 22 | 02 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]

    The Tree of Life | El árbol de la vida

    Terrence Malick, 2011. U.S.A. OVSS. 133'

    The United States in the 50s. Jack is child living with his siblings and parents. While his mother embodies love and tenderness, his father stands for severity, since he believes this is necessary to teach children how to cope with a hostile world. This training process extends from childhood to adulthood. This is when Jack evokes the transcendent moments of his childhood and tries to understand what influence these had on him and up to what point they determined his life.

    Presentation: Gustavo Ariel Schwartz

  • 29 | 02 | 20

    19:00 h [ Special screening: KIMUAK 2019 ]


    Josu Venero, Jesus Mari Lazkano, 2019. OVSS. 17'

    Resting on the table is the map of my last trip to the Svalbard archipelago, at the North Pole. That map, crumpled and broken, has become a form of mental cartography, a territory of painting and drawing, a new and exciting space for the imagination.

    El infierno

    Raúl de la Fuente, 2019. OVES. 17'

    Chennu committed his first crime when he was 15 years old: being a street kid. And he entered hell: Pademba Road, the adult prison in Freetown. In hell, Mr. Sillah is in charge, and there is no hope. Chennu got out after four years. Now he wants to go back.


    Jesús Mª Palacios, 2019. OVES. 14'

    «Labo» is a stroll through the memory of the former Francisco Franco Labour University of Tarragona – not only through its buildings but also the memory of those who inhabited them. It is a journey into our past that will enable us to better understand the present and the future.

    Leyenda dorada

    Chema García Ibarra, Ion de Sosa, 2019. OVES. 11'

    It is a summer day at the municipal swimming pool of Montánchez (Cáceres). From up on high, the Virgen de la Consolación del Castillo keeps her watchful eye open.


    Izibene Oñederra, 2019. No dialogues. 12'

    As Hélène Cixous said, we live in a time when millions of voles of an unknown species are undermining the conceptual basis of an age-old culture.

    Mateoren ama

    Aitor Arregi, Jose Mari Goenaga, 2019. OVSS. 14'

    After a period of time without seeing his mother, Angel Mari decides to bite the bullet and go and visit her at the nursing home to which she has been admitted. He doesn't like seeing how his mother has disappeared under the skin of a senile old woman who does not recognise her own children.


    Ainhoa Gutiérrez del Pozo, 2019. OVES. 13'

    The arrival of two Slovenian bears in the Pyrenees of Navarre alters their balance. The bear has been a natural inhabitant of the Pyrenees for a million years. However, its disappearance led to the transformation of the area. The presence of these new visitors brings old conflicts back to the fore.

    Presentation: Txema Muñoz, Esther Cabero (Kimuak)

  • 07 | 03 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]

    X: The Man With the X-ray Eyes | El hombre con rayos X en los ojos

    Roger Corman, 1963. U.S.A. OVSS. 80'

    Dr Diane Fairfax notifies Dr James Xavier, a scientist of international prestige, that the foundation that has been funding his research on vision will discontinue support for him due to the lack of results. This discouraging news makes Xavier decide to test a dangerous serum on himself that will give him X-ray vision.

    Presentation: Javier Aizpurua

  • 14 | 03 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]

    Ad Astra

    James Gray, 2019. U.S.A. OVSS. 123'

    Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer limits of the solar system to find his lost father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His trip will reveal secrets that defy the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

    Presentation: Fernando Cossío

  • 21 | 03 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]

    Awakenings | Despertares

    Penny Marshall, 1990. U.S.A. OVSS. 121'

    At the end of the sixties, Dr Malcolm Sayer, a New York neurologist, decides to use a new drug to treat patients with lethargic encephalitis, a disease that deprives its victims of motor capabilities until they are reduced to a vegetative state. Little by little, a certain improvement in the patients becomes evident, particularly in Leonard Lowe.

    Presentation: José Ramón Alonso

  • 28 | 03 | 20

    19:00 h [ Cinema and Science ]

    Frau im mond | Emakume ilargian

    Fritz Lang, 1989. Germany. Original Intertitles with Spanish and Eukera Subtitles. 100'

    Marie es una chica de padre desconocido que ha caído en las drogas incitada por un novio. También ha recurrido a la prostitución para poder costearse la adicción. Policía, juzgados y cárcel forman parte de su vida. Ahora, tal vez el teatro le dé una nueva oportunidad...

    Presentation: Ane Sarasola
    Live music: Javier Pérez de Azpeitia (piano)