Closing Feature: Marjorie Prime
Michael Almereyda, USA, 2017, 99 min
The Black Box Theater, 7:30 PM In the near future, a time of artificial intelligence: 86-year-old Marjorie – a jumble of disparate, fading memories -- has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. Like the best science fiction, Marjorie Prime uses technology as a mirror back on ourselves. Artificial intelligence, here, has a very human relevance: to family, memory, and love, and the film is driven by outstanding human performances from
Lois Smith, Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, and
Tim Robbins. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?
Preceded by another look into AI options for the home: I, Loneliness Gadget
Can Eren, Turkey, 2016, 11 min Hasan Ali spends his life at home with gadgets. When the simulator designed to ease his loneliness breaks down, he's forced to make change: he buys a pet human. Societal consumption patterns redefine the concepts of human and product.