The Thirteenth Floor +TALK: Mind Uploading

13th FloorOriginal poster design // Aleksander Walijewski
Prints // buy

Computer scientist Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) has helped build a ground-breaking virtual world based on 1930s Los Angeles. But when his mentor, Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl), the leader of the project, is murdered, Hall becomes the prime suspect. The line between fantasy and reality begins to blur when Fuller’s mysterious daughter (Gretchen Mol) arrives to settle his affairs, prompting Hall to question everything he knows, and to wonder if he could be the killer…

Josef Rusnak, GER/USA 1999, 15, 100mins

By exploring consciousness and its very nature, and by using the film noir format to do so, The Thirteenth Floor demands respect, and engagement… one of those genre treasures that succeeds as a work of art, and richly rewards repeat viewings
J. K. Muir, Reflections on Cult Movies

The kind of science fiction you ruminate over
Arizona Republic

One of the most beautiful science fiction thrillers ever filmed, and one of the most absorbing
San Diego Union-Tribune

The film will be preceded by a talk from Murray Shanahan, Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London and a Senior Research Scientist at DeepMind, who will consider whether consciousness really can be transferred from one medium (such as the human body) to another (such as a computer).

Where: The Institute of Light, 376 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB
When: Monday 19th February 2018 // doors 6:45pm, talk 7:15pm, film 7:45pm

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