This is the story of one of the most extraordinary and audacious experiments in the history of science, which a visionary neuroscientist called John Lilly embarked on in the 1960s. His ambition was to build a communications bridge between humans and a little studied species of big-brained marine mammals called Tursiops Truncata – or the bottlenose dolphin; to teach them to speak English.
The experiment was seized upon by NASA, who were embarking on the first search for extra-terrestrial intelligence beyond the Earth, and immediately saw the potential to practice communicating on the dolphins, before ET made contact.
Backed with funding from NASA and other government agencies Lilly recruited a young female researcher called Margaret Howe to live with an adolescent male dolphin called Peter, in a specially built lab in the Caribbean. Over the summer of 1965 the pair began to co-habit in this domestic dolphinarium; with Margaret giving Peter daily English lessons.
But what started with 60s idealism would spiral into the darkness of the decade, and end in a tragedy, mired in scandal and rumours about a sexual relationship between Peter and Margaret.
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. More info.
Artist and photographer Richard Mosse reveals the stories behind the making of his latest film, ‘The Enclave‘ (2013), in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which will be shown in the Irish Pavilion at this year’s 55th Venice Biennale.
A record of contended mythical existence amongst fans of Euro cinema and rare jazz for decades this Polish only EP contains all four themes to Polanski’s first-ever feature film Knife In The Water composed by unanimously beloved Polish pianist Krzysztof Komeda. It’s the only true existing companion piece to the other Komeda/Polanki soundtracks Cul De Sac and Rosemary’s Baby released before his accidental death in April 1969.
Sieniawka is a journey into humanity’s irrational subconscious.
Stefan tries to make his way through a post-industrial no man’s land. An encounter with a stranger leads to the line between reality and imagination becoming blurred. The future and the past become intertwined.
For Clouzot‘s unfinished project “L’enfer” a lot of footage was shot of psychedelic experiments to illustrate the mental state of a jealous husband. Especially those moments where Romy Schneider’s expressions shift in a strange way are quite haunting.
Thirty-four-year-old Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is a fortunate, but deeply troubled man battling drug addiction. As part of his rehabilitation program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview, but instead uses the opportunity as a way to drift around and revisit old friends. The day grows increasingly difficult as he struggles to overcome personal demons and past ghosts for the chance at love and a new life.
A homage to Pan Kleks, a Polish trilogy of films for children from the 1980s, loved by Poland’s children from that era. Electronic musician, DJ and music producer Andy Votel draws on images, music and sound from the original films, selecting and subverting, to coax their darker side to the surface and create something wholly original, unsettling and – at times – weirdly humorous. The Pan Kleks trilogy was scored by Andrzej Korzyński.
‘Hope‘, the third film in the Paradise Triology, tells the story of the 13-year-old Melanie.
While her mother (Teresa) travels to Kenya, Melanie spends her holiday in the Austrian countryside at a strict diet camp for overweight teenagers. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the doctor who is 40 years her senior.
It’s 1976 and timid, Dorking-based sound engineer, Gilderoy, has been transplanted to Italy’s run-down Berberian Sound Studio to work on “The Equestrian Vortex”, the latest low-budget horror movie by notorious exploitation maestro Giancarlo Santini. Gilderoy’s task is a seemingly simple one: to create, record and mix the sounds of bloodcurdling screams, limbs being severed and the insertion of red hot pokers into human orifices, mostly using a variety of everyday household items such as old vegetables and a hammer.
It’s soundtrack by ‘Broadcast‘ sounds even more than promising and will be release on Warp pretty soon.
Looks like an alien, sings like a diva – Klaus Nomi was one of the 1980s’ most profoundly bizarre characters. He was a cult figure in the New Wave underground scene, a genuine counter tenor who sang pop music like opera and brought opera to club audiences and made them like it. He was a performer with a “look” so strong, that his first audiences went wild before he even opened his mouth.
Nothing is sacred to me. Who is making the rules anyhow? – Klaus Nomi.
The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve-wrecking task that eventually leads her to a nervous breakdown. She is suspected of being a child abuser when things get out of control and her baby is taken away.
Hotel is an animated series of 10 episodes and a virtual world that can be explored by Internet users created by Benjamin Nuel. Starting on the 3rd of October, you can watch the episodes of the series and explore every week after October 10th this world in the different states it is going through.
Since 1996 Michal Kosakowski has been asking people with different backgrounds about their murder fantasies. He offered them the chance to stage their fantasies as short films. The only condition was that they had to act in these films themselves, either as victims or perpetrators. More than a decade later, Kosakowski met these people again to ask them about their emotions during their acts of murder or victimization and interviewed them about current social topics such as revenge, torture, war, terrorism, media, domestic violence, the death penalty, suicide etc.