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Documentary Space Odyssey

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Have you always secretly wished to travel to space or were you rather interested in the lives of those to whom the rules of gravitation do not apply inside their space shuttles? Whether you are driven by a desire to push the limits or by pure curiosity, you can embark on a free documentary space journey in the week from Monday, November 24 to Sunday, November 30 under the guidance of DAFilms.com!


Infinite, thrilling and fascinating; that is how we picture space in our minds. However, how is it seen by the documentary camera? Enter zero gravity and be carried away by the minutes of almost dozen films introducing various aspects of discovering the outer space; the life of astronauts, the space inspiration in contemporary art and literature as well as the impact of cosmic research on civilization and the vision of its future.

The contrast between the life of “space rangers”, astronauts and those who watch them from the earth is in the focus of the film SPACE TOURISTS by renowned Swiss director Christian Frei. While the brave men and women set out on their cosmic adventures, Kazakh scrap metal collectors wait for parts of their machines to fall off to the ground. The specific world of astronauts who personally experience journeys that civilization has dreamed of for centuries is explored in the German feature-length film I AM IN SPACE, presenting interviews revealing the individual stories of persons embodying the vision and effort of the whole society.

The abstract level of reflection on the nature of the relationship between exact science controlling cosmic research and traditional religious ideas of the world and its origin is conveyed in the documentary THE BATTLEFIELD TITAN. Do science and religion always oppose each other or can they be mutually enriching? A multi-layered approach to storytelling is also employed in the metaphoric film MUSHROOM by Czech director Vít Janeček. Would you like to know how the workings of human civilization can be explained through the structure of fungus? Watch the documentary until Sunday for free!

The series of feature-length films is accompanied by several short documentaries of diverse genres. The short experimental film NIGHT SWEAT focuses on the tension of exact scientific representation through analogue images. An experiment, this time a physical one, constitutes the plotline of RANDOM PRINCIPLE pointing out the role of anomaly in science. The week-long documentary space trip is wrapped up by the film short story BLACK SUN overlapping with sci-fi literature.

Get rid of your terrestrial reins and drift with the space documentaries at DAFilms.com from November 24 to 30 for free!


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Focus on Infinity

Focus on Infinity

Focus on Infinity (Orig.) / 2014 / Austria / 80 min

Focus on Infinity is a cinematic journey to the places, people and machines that are involved in exploring the origin of our cosmos and of our existence. It is a very personal and intuitive investigation into the roots and boundaries of our imagination dominated by sensual perception. Not unlike an adventure, the film dares to voyage into the unknown, to the structures of our intellectual capacity and drive to explore...

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The End of Time

The End of Time (Orig.) / 2012 / Canada, Switzerland / 109 min

THE END OF TIME, at once personal, rigorous and visionary, Peter Mettler has crafted a film as compelling and magnificent as its subject.

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Space Tourists

SPACE TOURISTS (Orig.) / Switzerland / 95 min

In his most recent work, Christian Frei turns to an age-old dream of man: to leave our planet as a «normal person» and travel into outer space.

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I am in Space

I am in Space (Orig.) / 2012 / Germany / 98 min

Story (FID 2003) and Cosmonaut Polyakov (FID 2007) were the first two parts of a trilogy concluded by this new film.

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The Battlefield Titan

Bitevní pole Titan (Orig.) / 2007 / Czech Republic / 34 min

The movie is based on a genre of popular scientific documentary and is trying to presume the effects of scientific findings.

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Fungus

Houba (Orig.) / 2000 / Czech Republic / 57 min

A film essay which tries to explain nature, science and civilization through the structure of fungus.

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Night Sweat

Night Sweat (Orig.) / 2008 / Austria / 9 min

The sky´s blue hanging above the black of a forest. Lightning flashes over a clearing. And the white ball of the moon with dark spots...

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Random Principle

Prinzip Zufall (Orig.) / 2011 / Germany / 25 min

The paranormal experiment with a train set by psycho-physisist Dr. Johannes Hagel relates to something, which can’t explained in physical terms.

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Black Sun

Die Schwarze Sonne (Orig.) / 1992 / Austria, Switzerland / 26 min

Black Sun is based on a short novel by the American Science-fiction author Samuel R. Delany which tells the story of the meeting between a "spacer" and a "frelk"...

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