Using archival and found footage, this film self-referentially and hilariously recounts the rapid rise of the moving image and its profound influence on modern society.
How has our incessant craving for images changed our behavior? Directors Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck explore this question in their documentary, taking a critical look at the flood of images we humans produce with our more than 45 billion cameras day in and day out. From the origins of photography and the first moving images to YouTube and the world of social media, they show how, in the space of 200 years, a multi-billion-dollar industry has evolved that now influences every aspect of our lives significantly.
This film is screened in original version with German voice-over.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Meet the director
Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck
Since 2013, Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck have been directors and producers at Swedish production company Plattform Produktion, home of two films by Ruben Östlund (THE SQUARE and TRIANGLE OF SADNESS) that have earned the Palme d'Or. The duo’s award-winning short films have premiered at the Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto, Palm Springs, and Sundance. Their short film TEN METER TOWER earned both the jury and audience awards at Clermont-Ferrand. Additionally, this film was acquired by the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland and exhibited at the Venice Biennale; it has received more than 30 international awards, was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2017, and was nominated for an Emmy Award. AND THE KING SAID, WHAT A FANTASTIC MACHINE is the two directors' feature-length debut.