How will we live in the future? Although science, economics and politics attempt to predict possible developments using statistics and other forecasting techniques, the science fiction genre in the cinematic realm continues to boom. So the “Museum für Film und Fernsehen” (=”Museum for Films and TV”) in Berlin. Germany, makes a special exhibition on this topic! It is from the 30th of June 2016 until the 23rd of April 2017 and called Things to Come.
In feature films, such as DISTRICT 9 (ZAF|NZ|USA, 2009) or INTERSTELLAR (USA|GB, 2014) and television series such as ÄKTA MÄNNISKOR | REAL HUMANS (SWE, 2012–14) and EXTANT (USA, 2014–15), the near or more distant future is visualized and transformed into stories. Science fiction films impress their audiences through imaginative and elaborate sets, cleverly devised sound designs and awe-inspiring special effects. Numerous science fiction films concern themselves with threats to human existence, as, for example, wars and a scarcity of resources, or totalitarianism, surveillance and control. And the subject of space travel is just as topical today as it was in 1969, the year of the first landing on the moon, due in large part to the planned expedition to Mars. Space travel has inspired the futuristic visions of countless filmmakers. Science fiction films also always say something about the time in which they originate. What are we afraid of? What do we hope for? And – since movies have long had a knack for portraying “things to come” – where has reality actually caught up with the future?
Location: Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Filmhaus am Potsdamer Platz, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Tickets: Special exhibition Things to Come , 5 €, reduced 4 € Day ticket: Things to Come and the Permanent Exhibition, 7 €, reduced 4,50 €