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Antonia's Line (15) + presentation by Jeroen Lamb

Science on Screen

A still from Antonia's Line

This modern Dutch classic, written and directed by Marleen Gorris, is 'a celebration of life' as envisaged in the matriarchal community at the heart of this film. 

Following World War II, no-nonsense Antonia returns to the small Dutch village she was born in. In the decades that follow, she establishes and nurtures a close-knit matriarchal community on her farm, which becomes a home for the bullied and unconventional. Rejecting the traditional family unit, Antonia forms her own family, creating a line of mothers and daughters who are independent, creative and intelligent.

Incorporating the magic realism of Latin America, European philosophies of death, the realities of rural life, and cheerful feminism, Marleen Gorris' film is a charmingly subversive delight.

Antonia's Line won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

With one of the female characters being a mathematics protege, Antonia's Line touches upon the issue of gender imbalance in science. Despite the fact that this is by now well-documented and recognised as a problem, it remains a formidable challenge. The presentation will focus on unconscious gender bias in science.

Tagged with: Cinema Science on Screen

Netherlands/Belgium/UK/France 1995 Dir Marleen Gorris 102 min

Once the presentation has begun, late comers will be asked to wait in the Cinema 2&3 foyer and will only be permitted to enter the auditorium after the presentation.

Jeroen Lamb is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London. He studied Theoretical Physics at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam in 1994. Since 1995 he has resided in the UK: during 1995-1999 at the University of Warwick and since 1999 at Imperial College London. The main thrust of his research centres around the question how changes in dynamical behaviour (motion) can be explained and predicted.

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