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A Night of Philosophy and Ideas Brooklyn: Films & VR programs

Mauvais Sang by Leos Carax

A Night of Philosophy and Ideas at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, is a free, all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, music, and virtual reality experiences takes over the entirety of the iconic Central Library.

This year’s participants will consider humanity’s relationship to the world, to nature, to other living beings and species, and to technology. They will ask: What is the meaning of life? How do we live our lives from beginning to end, be it striving or barely surviving? How do we define that experience and how do we situate ourselves in this world? 


Odorama: Mauvais Sang 
Dir. Leos Carax , 1986, 116 min

Bringing the Sense of Smell to the Movie Experience. 
Under the oppressive heat released by Halley’s Comet, the Parisian population is struck by a virus that kills those who make love without loving each other. Two rival gangs fight to capture the germ of this virus –– the key to creating a vaccine and saving the population.

At the beginning of the program, the audience will be given notebooks containing eight scented cardboard strips matching eight movie scenes. The olfactory creations will interact with the images and sounds to enrich the spectators' experience and truly engage all their senses. Stick around after the screening: Le Journal d’un Anosmique will provide olfactory descriptions of the fragrances offered throughout the film.

Screening commissioned to Journal d’un Anosmique by the French Embassy and the Brooklyn Public Library. Le Journal d’un Anosmique (someone suffering from anosmia, or loss of the sense of smell) is a publisher of books and objects dedicated to the olfactory world. Weaving links between artists, craftsmen and perfumers, it develops creative experiences where art and olfaction dialogue. 

Fragrances developed by Nathalie Benareau and Alexandra Carlin, French perfumers at the creative company Symrise.

>> Screening time and location: Dweck Auditorium | 1:00AM to 3:30AM 

Out 1: Noli me Tangere  
Dir. Jacques Rivette, 1971, 12hrs 30min

Paris, April 13th 1970. Two theater groups each rehearse avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. A young deaf-mute begs for change in cafés while playing the harmonica. A young woman seduces men in order to rob them. As a conspiracy develops, the protagonists’ stories start to intertwine...

>> Screening time and location: Dweck Auditorium | from 7:30PM  

People Who Think Together Dance Together 
(2018–Ongoing, Brazil, DRC, Rwanda, South Africa, variable length)

Words after the World | 2017, Rwanda, UK, 21 min
Film will run on loop every half hour 

Comment Vivre Ensemble | 2015, Netherlands, Rwanda, 30 min
Film will run on loop every half hour 

VR Experiences

Dreams of Rousseau
Written and Directed by Nicolas Autheman

Late afternoon in the greenhouse of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. A curious visitor stays behind after the gardens close. But the place is haunted by the ghost of Henri Rousseau and the spectator tumbles suddenly into a dream peopled by the characters, animals and plants imagined by Henri Rousseau.
Based on the painting: “The Dream” – Henri Rousseau known as Le Douanier
Written and Directed by – Nicolas Autheman
Original Music – Fabien Bourdier
Coproduction – ARTE France – Les Films du Tambour de Soie 

>> Time and location: Trustees Room | 7:30PM to 7:00AM

Gloomy Eyes
Directed by Jorge Tereso & Fernando Maldonado

When the sun got tired of the humans it decided never to rise again. The darkness awoke the dead from their graves. A zombie kid called Gloomy and a mortal girl called Nena fell in love and immersed in a deep connection that even the most powerful man in town could not destroy.
Directed by – Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado
Narrated by – Colin Farrell.
Production – Atlas V - 3DAR - ARTE France

>> Time and location: Trustees Room | 7:30PM to 7:00AM

More information about the films, location, and other events available here.