"Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey" by Terrence Malick

20 April 2017

Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey is an epic, ambitious, grandiose film. Unique. A first attempt in the genre of documentary and a life’s work for the maître Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Badlands) who is rumored to have been working on it since the end of the 1970s. The end product deserved the years of preparation and anticipation: a cinematic panorama of images which record the history of the universe, a documentary that transfers us to the birth of the stars, the eruption and the formation of galaxies and planets, the first forms of life on Earth, the trajectory of humankind en route to the contemporary world and even further. A unique celebration of life and a clearly experiential encounter, since the viewers, as in all Malick’s films, will be skyrocketed to the outer stratosphere, but essentially will be called to discover the answers inside of them.

In the 90 minute-long director’s cut, the warm, intelligent narration by Cate Blanchett will function as our guide. While Malick bombards us with his dazzling images, the allegory is evident: human nature is trapped between its micro-existence and the vastness of the universe. The Big Bang, light, stellar mass, planets, nuclear fission, single-celled organisms, amoebas, reptiles, birds, dinosaurs. The chaotic, but at the same time wise geometry of the world that existed, exists and will exist without us. Beyond us. Above everything we can comprehend. And it is at this point that our misery begins. All the other creatures on our planet have a cycle – they are born, they eat, they multiply, they die. Their only goal: survival. Humans, however, want to live. And this includes the primordial agony to understand their world, their existence, their destiny, their joy and tragedy. And as long as they don’t find meaning on Earth, they turn their look toward the sky. And what a sky, full of mysteries! Malick wants us to exit the movie theater with one question: “What does it mean, after all these centuries, for us to be here today?”

Voyage of Robots:
Before and after the screening, an interactive installation designed to transfer the experience of searching for life on other planets will be waiting for you. Flix, in collaboration with Antonis Kanouras, robotics engineer and founder of Robotixlab, have set up an interactive “terraforming project”, where each viewer could play and experiment with robots, and feel part of the NASA’s space missions.

Window with a view:
Don’t miss the opportunity for a scientific observation of the sun and the moon using telescopes, made possible by the Department of Astronomy and the Observatory of the Ellinogermaniki Agogi Schools. 

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