This year for the first time, the British Council is supporting the 5th international film festival on science and technology 360°, which will take place in Moscow from 21 to 29 October 2015.
The 360 festival is one of the key educational projects founded by the Polytechnic museum. It aims to show recent documentary films devoted to science, technologies and innovations in society, to enhance interest in science fiction literature and lectures among wider audiences, and to inspire participants with rich educational and art programmes.
This year the festival is co-organised by our friends and partners – Beat Films, the jury includes the established Russian film director Marina Razbezhkina, as well as the founders of Arzamas educational platform and Colta magazine. The programme is co-shaped by the members of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).
We are delighted to present four films in the festival programme.
As part of the special EUNIC programme a film by Mark Craig, The Last Man on Moon will be screened.
The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) runs an annual international programme to help young Russian curators acquire experience, share their knowledge and create networks while working in leading European cultural institutions. Realms of Memory is the topic for 2015’s EUNIC curatorial programme, taking the idea of preservation of cultural heritage as a starting point. The title refers to French historian Pierre Nora’s monumental seven volume study about the loci memoriae of France and relates to a topic which has been recurrent in recent decades in contemporary art: the reflection of processes of remembering as well as the expansion of notions of place and site.
In Mark Craig’s film the Moon represents such a realm of memory. When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfilment, love, and loss.
The competition programme of the festival includes a film by Jerry Rothwell, How to Change the World.
In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life, How To Change The World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.
As part of the special programme we will screen two films from the British Council film collection, provided to us by BFI and BBC.
The Epic of Everest
Directed by J.B.L. Noel
The official film record of the third attempt to climb Mount Everest is one of the most remarkable films in the BFI National Archive. The 1924 Everest expedition culminated in the deaths of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, two of the finest climbers of their generation, sparking an on-going debate as to whether or not they ever actually reached the summit.
This new restoration coincides with the 60th anniversary of the final conquest of Everest in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The film has a newly commissioned score composed, orchestrated and conducted by Simon Fisher Turner (The Great White Silence) which features a haunting combination of electronic music, found sounds, western and Nepalese instruments and vocals.
David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Using cutting-edge science and astounding CGI, David Attenborough takes us on a magical journey through the Museum to see the exhibits as they looked when they roamed the planet, allowing him new insights into how these creatures lived and behaved.
One winter’s evening, David slips past the security guards and journeys deep into the Natural History Museum. Locked in for the night, David witnesses something extraordinary; long-extinct creatures burst into life, from fossils to living, breathing and walking beasts. This adventure takes David on an enchanting journey through time to discover some of the most amazing creatures that ever lived. He comes face-to-face with a sabre-toothed tiger, witnesses the terrifying descent of a giant predatory bird, escapes the coils of a colossal snake, and befriends a giant dinosaur, the Diplodocus. Along the way he reveals the very latest scientific insights into these extinct creatures and how our understanding of them has changed over time.
There will also be a rich educational programme of round tables, lectures and discussions which would include British guests.
For more information please visit the official website of the festival.