Pioner Cinema » Microcosmos
  • Documentary
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  • 1996
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  • 75 min.
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  • France
  • director: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
  • cast:
  • language: In the original with Russian subtitles
  • restrictions: 0+

Part of the “At the Cinema, At Last” Festival.

The Children's Pioner lecture series presents the restored version of “Microcosmos,” a sensational tale about the natural kingdom which introduced a new vision of the fragile yet enduring world around us.

First shown at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, “Microcosmos” collected an enormous quantity of prizes around the world and became one of the most popular films in the history of cinema.

The film will be presented with commentary by repeat lecturer and biologist Ilya Kolmanovsky (SCREENING AT 11:30 ONLY, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION WHLIE CHOOSING THE TIME ON THE SCHEDULE).

French biologists and filmmakers needed about nine years to film this story about the “microcosmos” – a world invisible to the naked eye, but accessible via microscopes and microphones. The beauty and technical perfection of the film astound: exquisite motion control technology, once used in the filming of “Star Wars,” allowed them to move a 300kg camera tenths of millimeters. And the combination of field and studio scenes in the Pyrenees created an effect just as true to life as it was mystical: as though we, gigantic people, without realizing it, are living in a world of fantasies, created by nature and now come to life.

As is the case with contemporary drone technology, Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou show audiences a world without man. But unlike with the aforementioned drones, the world of these French naturalists is inhabited entirely by thinking creatures. These grass dwellers life their own life, full of movement and sound, whose trajectories and meanings are determined by nature itself.

Laurent Quaglio’s sound design and composer Bruno Coulais’ music expose the drama of the visible and audible, without changing the essence of the phenomena: be it love, fighting, searching, or death, they remind us of wars, ballet, and the theatre, but only because art itself was at the very beginning inspired by nature.

After a break for cocoa and cookies, a teacher from the TsEKh School of Contemporary Dance will work with the children.

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