Sentient Film Festival.

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Explore the beauty, complexity and horrors of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cinema, as DMU Film students present the topical Sentient Film Festival, at the Phoenix Cinema, in Leicester.

From the 21st to the 26th of March 2017, several events will take place around Leicester, including BrewDog, where we will be hosting a gaming night on Tuesday the 21st from 8pm. There will be games such as Alien Isolation and Terminator.

If you’re not into gaming much, come along and have a drink and watch other people rage and fight over who gets to win. On Wednesday the 22nd, we will be showing Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) at the St. Mary de Castro church, next to the DMU campus, to celebrate its 90th Anniversary. Experience one of the very first films centred around robotics and AI, in an atmospheric environment, with live music and a free drink.

From Wednesday the 23rd to Sunday the 26th, screenings will take place at the Phoenix Cinema, just next to the Curve Theatre, and will include lots of added value experiences such as speakers, fancy dress competitions and drink vouchers. We will be screening contemporary classics, such as Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015) on Thursday the 23rd at 8:15pm which will be presented by the enthusiastic DMU Professor in Film Studies, Dr Matt Jones, and Her (Spike Jonze, 2013) on Friday the 24th at 8:15pm where a free drink voucher is included in the ticket.

We are also presenting an educational day for everyone interested in learning more about AI and robots in films, on Saturday the 25th, where audiences will get the chance to engage in films, round-table discussions from specialists, as well as Q&A sessions. For our double bill of Terminator (James Cameron, 1984) and Robocop (Paul Verhoeven, 1987) later on in the evening, at 6:30pm, audiences are encouraged to dress up as the characters, with a very special prize included for best costume.

Come along to our lazy Sunday event that will finish the entire week off, where brunch will be served before you get the opportunity to sit and watch the brilliant Stanley Kubrick film 2001: Space Odyssey (1968). Pyjamas are more than welcomed, as we sure will bring ours! Come along and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of engaging with one of the most topical subjects right now, through the art of cinema.

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