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Open Air Cinema - 2021


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With the return of cooler temperatures and of our EPFL students coming back to campus, we are pleased to bring you movies under the stars, during our annual Open Air Cinema event, taking place from 16 September through 25 September.

This year, we're bringing you movies on the Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double theme, curated in collaboration with Richard Castelli of EPIDEMIC, GIFF (Geneva International Film Festival), and Ecains Urbains. For a few surprises, check out the list below for the special selection movies selected by our partners, under the carte blanche rules.

The Centrifuge Brain Project, 2011

The Real Snow White, 2009

The Challenge, 2016

Shiro Takatani, between Nature and Technology, 2019

Location, Dates, Times and Titles, and Features being presented



16, 17, 18 September - 9pm start

Three Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double themed evenings presented by director Richard Castelli, of Epidemic, France

  • The Centrifuge Brain Project - by Till Nowak
  • Real Snow White - by Pilvi Takala
  • Shiro Takatani, between Nature and Technology - by Giulio Boato and Enrico Pitozzi

    19 September - 9pm start

    Canceled due to the forecast

    20 September - 9pm start

    Canceled due to the forecast

    21 September - 9pm start

    Carte Blanche evening - Presented by Ecrans Urbains

  • A Machine to Live In - by Yoni Goldstein and Meredith Zielke

    22 September - 9pm start

    Carte Blanche evening - Presented by GIFF

  • Sexmission - by Juliusz Machulski


    25 September - 8:30pm start

    8:30pm - Replica - ScanLab - presented by EPFL Pavilions
    8:50pm - The Challenge - Yuri Ancarani- presented by Epidemic
    10:00pm - The Congress - Ari Folman- presented by GIFF
    12:00am - The Real Thing - Benoit Felici- presented by Ecrans Urbains


Real Snow White, 2009

Pilvi Takala
video, 9 min
The absurd logic of the ‘real character’ and the extreme discipline of Disneyland become apparent when a real fan of Disney's Snow White* is banned from entering the park in a Snow White costume. As visitors are encouraged to dress up and a lot of costume-like merchandise is sold at the park, the full costumes are only sold for children. The Disney slogan ‘Dreams Come True’ of course means dreams produced exclusively by Disney. Anything even slightly out of control immediately evokes fear of these real, possibly dark and perverse dreams coming true. The fantasy of the innocent Snow White doing something bad is so obviously real, that the security guards and management refer to it when explaining why the visitor can’t enter the park dressed up as Snow White.

Team: Raphaël Siboni, Ahmet Ögüt, Pénélope Gaillard, Anna Savolainen
Supported by Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and Masa Projesi

The centrifuge brain project, 2011

Till Nowak
Mockumentary, 7 min
Based on his childhood fascination for the strange atmosphere of amusement parks Till Nowak created the fictional documentary 'The Centrifuge Brain Project'. He collected footage and used digital animation to create a series of non-existing thrill rides. Dr. Laslowicz is convinced: Making his machines more powerful brings him comes closer to the solution for all our problems. An obvious mistake or just typical human?

Shiro Takatani - Between Nature and Technology, 2019

Giulio Boato
Documentary, 52 min
Known for his dream-like, intoxicating universe, artist Shiro Takatani (1963 – ) passionately explores the origins of matter, from infinitesimal plankton to our immense star system. In this magnificent, poetic documentary, Takatani teams up with his closest collaborators, including composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, to celebrate his relationship with art and his eclectic oeuvre, ranging from dance and theatre to installations. He expresses himself simply and powerfully on his two great themes: nature and technology.

The Challenge, 2017

Yuri Ancarani
Documentary, 69 min
Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani's documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheiks with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly their prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris.

The Real Thing, 2018

Benoit Felici
Documentary, 54 min
Paris, the Taj Mahal, Venice, the Vatican: all these monuments and many more have replicas scattered around the globe. Not just simple copies, these constructions are mirrors in which a certain image of the world is reflected.
The Real Thing is a journey into a copy of our world. Seeking the monumental copycat architecture of China and other countries around the world. Residential areas where people live their everyday lives, in places simulating other places.
The Real Thing is directed by Benoit Felici and Mathias Chelebourg and coproduced by Artline films, Dvgroup, and Arte France.

Sexmission, 1984

Juliusz Machulski
Scifi comedy, Polish, with English subtitles - 122 min
On 9 August 1991 Maksymilian "Max" Paradys (Jerzy Stuhr), looking for adventure, and biologist Albert Starski (Olgierd Łukaszewicz), volunteer themselves for the first human hibernation experiment, created by professor Wiktor Kuppelweiser, a Nobel Prize laureate, who previously successfully hibernated a chimpanzee for half a year. The experiment is considered an epochal event and is broadcast on television. The hibernation is scheduled to last for 3 years.

The Congress, 2013

Ari Folman
Fiction, 123 min
Israel, Germany, United States
An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider.

A Machine To Live In, 2020

Yoni Goldstein and Meredith Zielke
Documentary, Scifi, 89 min
A Machine to Live In is a hybrid documentary linking the cosmic power structures of the state to the mystical architecture of cults and utopian cities in the remote hinterlands of Brazil.