"Particle Fever," a documentary that follows scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, opens April 25 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. UNL faculty and graduate students who work on the project will participate in an April 27 movie talk.
Also opening April 25 at the Ross is the tender Indian comedy "The Lunchbox."
Both films show through May 1.
"Particle Fever" follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the beginning of the biggest and most expensive science experiment in the history of mankind. The project includes 10,000 scientists from more than 100 countries joining forces in pursuit to potentially explain the origin of all matter by recreating the conditions that existed moments after the Big Bang and discovering the Higgs boson.
The documentary is directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, and edited by Walter Murch ("Apocalypse Now," "The English Patient").
The "Particle Fever" movie talk is 4:40 p.m. April 27 and follows the 2:55 screening of the documentary. Admission to the talk is free. Admission to the screening is at regular Ross ticket prices.
UNL faculty and students who have worked on the LHC project and will participate in the talk include: Gregory Snow, professor of physics and astronomy; Aaron Dominguez, associate professor of physics and astronomy; Ekaterina Avdeeva, graduate student; and Rami Kamalieddin, graduate student.
In "The Lunchbox," a mistake in a Mumbai's famously efficient lunch delivery system results in a connection between a young housewife and an old man. The two build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. As the lunchbox goes back and forth between the housewife and man, the fantasy becomes so elaborate that it threatens to overwhelm their reality.
connects a young housewife to an old man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. In the big city of Mumbai, that crushes dreams and recycles them every day, both characters find a dream to hold on to. Ila begins a fantastical affair with a mystery suitor, pouring her heart into cooking meals for him. Saajan looks forward to lunch box deliveries from a mystery woman every day. As the lunchbox goes back and forth, this fantasy becomes so elaborate that it threatens to overwhelm their reality. The film is the story of the life we dream of versus the life we live in, and of the courage it takes to turn out fantasies into reality.
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