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Welt am Draht, part 1 & 2 - Focus on Fassbinder

Precursor to The Matrix. The Institute for Cybernetics and Futurology houses a supercomputer that is running an artificial world. But who and what is real?

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Due to the lockdown, the screenings of this film will be canceled until further notice.

Welt am Draht, part 1 & 2

In 1964, the science fiction novel Simulacron-3 by American writer Daniel F. Galouye was published, a philosophical story of the nature of human consciousness. In 1973, Fassbinder adapted the story as a two-part miniseries, today seen as a precursor to films as Alex Proyas' Dark City, David Cronenberg's eXistenZ and the Wachowsky Brothers' The Matrix.

In the present day, a supercomputer has been developed at the Institute for Cybernetics and Future Science, running software called Simulacron, which includes an artificial world with over 9,000 "identity units" living as human beings, though unaware that their world is a simulation. The program's technical director Professor Vollmer is on the verge of making an incredible discovery, when he dies mysteriously. His successor, Dr. Fred Stiller, has a discussion with the institute's security adviser Günther Lause, but then the latter suddenly disappears without a trace. More mysterious still is the fact that no one else seems to have any memory of Lause. Stiller investigates the strange case — what he finds is even stranger.