Whether they are friendly or hostile, superpowerful or vulnerable, slimy or or human-looking, alien figures perfectly embody the philosophical idea of “the Other.” Knowing it is also a way of knowing oneself.
The geo-political conflicts of the modern world have radically altered our relationship to this idea of the Other. But how did that evolution affect 20th century film? Under which light, and through which eyes, is the Other represented? In the quest for self-knowledge, does the alien act as a springboard or as a mirror?
Series Title: A Life in Movies
Genre: Art & Culture, Documentary Series
Director: Guillaume DeGinestel
Writers: Joanna Tabet, Olivier Roussille
Production: French Connection Films
Length: 52 minutes
Languages: English, French
Partners: OCS, The French Film Board (CNC), CNES (National Centre for Space Studies)