Space & Cinema meetings
Come with us to Mars for the 6th edition of this Space Odyssey – in collaboration with the CNES and Toulouse Film Library. A three-step journey that opens horizons between science and fantasy, as did the Moon decades ago.
Cinema – from Méliès – and science – before and after Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface – kept strongly in touch with the red planet mystery. Movies proliferate. We chose 3 of them, filmed during 3 different steps of the Mars conquest. They also represent 3 different stages of the History of cinema and its technological evolution.
A movie from the 1910s – when the Moon had not even been reached yet: A Trip to Mars.
Another movie perfectly transmitting the 1960s’ will to live on Mars: Robinson Crusoe on Mars.
And finally, the last movie, lifted from science fiction, foresees the dream to leave our blue planet to colonise the red one: Total Recall.
A Trip to Mars
January 18th, 2017.
Denmark / 1918 / 83 min / Black & White / Silent movie / DCP
English and Danish headings. French added subtitles.
With Gunnar Tolnaes, Zanny Petersen, Nicolai Neiiendam, Alf Blütecher.
Shot 3 years after the beginning of World War 1, A Trip to Mars, took-up the insane challenge to reason people.
On the Excelsior spaceship, Professor Planetaros and his crew start a long journey to Mars. Locally, they discover a peaceful and vegetarian Martian community. The Martian leader’s daughter accepts to accompany them on Earth to deliver a message of peace.
Considered as the first Danish space opera, this movie realised by the well-inspired Holger-Madsen, does not skimp on resources – Special effects, costumes, movie sets, figuration – everything is made for delivering the viewers a utopian tale with a disarming, innocent and sincere message.
Musically accompanied by Mathieu Bézian, Marie-Elise Martet and David Authie.
Following the movie: a debate led by Philippe Laudet, Project Manager for the CNES SEIS/INSIGHT instrument.
Engineer and doctor in astrophysics, Philippe Laudet joined the CNES in 1988. Consecutively managing the CoRoT satellite mission centre and its first operation stage until 2007, he then joined the Martian Environment as ESA’s Project Manager for the French contribution on ExoMars until 2011. On that date, the Franco-European seismometer is selected by NASA as the major payload for the Martian InSight mission. He takes responsability for the instrument development, which delivery is due by Summer 2017. The InSight mission is to be launched in 2018.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
February 22nd, 2017.
United-States / 1964 / 110 min / Colour movie / French subtitles
With Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin and Adam West.
Someone had to think of it. Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a transfer of Daniel Defoe’s novel on the red planet. Following a forced landing, Kit Draper tries to survive, alone, on Mars. What sounded like an opportunist science-fiction movie slowly turns into a metaphysical study on survival, loneliness and communication. He must create oxygen, cook and contact Earth. Existential anxiety and MacGyver-like discoveries. Byron Haskin ensures his success and turns the arid Death Valley into a medidative and contemplative land, completely assuming its filiation to Defoe’s novel.
Following the movie: a debate led by Romain Charles, ESA engineer, French crew member for Mars 500 test mission.
Romain Charles is a French engineer who graduated from the French Institute in Advanced Mechanics (IFMA). He started his career as quality engineer in the automotive sector. Between June 2010 and November 2011, he participated in the Mars 500 mission to simulate, on Earth, the return journey of a crew to Mars. This experiment offered to check human beings physical and mental capacities to resist the confinement conditions of a trip to Mars – i.e. a 520-day return trip. Romain Charles currently works as a support engineer for the European Astronauts Centre (Cologne). The experience he acquiered while participating in the Mars 500 mission is used to ease the everyday life of astronauts and their family during spatial missions.
March 29th, 2017.
United-States / 1990 / 113 min / Colour movie / French subtitles
With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox.
Originally, there was Philip K. DICK’s short story, We can remember it for you Wholesale, written in 1966. Then, Dan O’BANNON and Ronald SHUSETT, the screenwriters of Alien, tried a complicated movie adaptation. Finally came the directors waltz, with Bruce Beresford, David Cronenberg and many others… The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, had everyone agree on a very different version of Paul Verhoeven’s short story with a blockbuster – Total Recall, a science-fiction movie, as political as paranoïd. It was an opportunity, for this violent Dutchman, to turn these virtual holidays on Mars into a powered-up action movie barely concealing a direct attack to the american politics of that time. Great art!
Following the movie: a debate led by Aurélie Moussi, HAYABUSA2-MASCOT project manager for the CNES.
After graduating in astrophysics, Aurélie Moussi started her career in aeronautics. She joined the CNES in 2007, as a quality engineer in operational spatial mechanics. For many years, she has controlled and de-orbited Earth imaging satellites operated by the CNES. She then took reponsability for the scientific operations of Philae launcher on Rosetta mission. She is now part of the Martian operational team of the CNES, who is in charge of the ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity Rover and of the Insight mission in preparation. Since January 2017, she has been in charge of the Hayabusa2-Mascot project, a Franco-German collaboration on a Japenese mission.