University of Trieste Hosts Grand Finale of Celebrated Cineforum Series

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by InTrieste

The University of Trieste will host the grand finale of its acclaimed MOVIEUNITS series, marking the centenary of the institution with a thought-provoking exploration of “The Future of Knowledge.” The final screening, slated for Wednesday, June 26, at 9:00 PM, will take place on the iconic steps of Piazzale Europa 1.

The event will feature an outdoor showing of the critically acclaimed film “The Theory of Everything” (2014), directed by James Marsh. This biographical drama recounts the remarkable life of Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne in an Oscar-winning performance. Prior to the screening, the Department of Physics will offer a presentation, with insightful commentary from Professor Francesco Longo.

The MOVIEUNITS series has garnered significant attention over its initial eleven evenings, drawing over 1,500 attendees to various notable venues, including the Auditorium of the Revoltella Museum, Teatro Miela, Teatrino Basaglia, and the Public Garden. This series has meticulously curated a program that mirrors the diverse academic specialties of the University’s ten departments, tackling some of today’s most pressing issues: climate crisis, artificial intelligence, robotics, labor market evolution, memory and archives, cloning, genetic engineering, financial paradoxes, migration, space exploration, and the hopes and anxieties of younger generations in the Anthropocene era.

In collaboration with the Casa del Cinema association in Trieste and with the support of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Municipality of Trieste, MOVIEUNITS has successfully fostered a rich dialogue on contemporary themes through cinema. The event also benefited from the collaboration of ERPAC FVG.

“The Theory of Everything”
Directed by James Marsh
United Kingdom, 2014, 123 minutes
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Maxine Peake, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson

The film chronicles the inspiring journey of Stephen Hawking, who, at the age of 21, was diagnosed with a debilitating illness and given a mere two years to live. Despite this prognosis, Hawking, with the unwavering support of his fellow Cambridge student and eventual wife, Jane Wilde, ascended to academic stardom, earning recognition as a successor to Albert Einstein and becoming a father to their three children. As Hawking’s physical condition deteriorated, his intellectual acclaim only grew, cementing his status as one of the most influential scientists of our time. His bestselling book, “A Brief History of Time,” has captivated millions worldwide.

This culminating event at the University of Trieste not only honors the legacy of Stephen Hawking but also underscores the institution’s commitment to fostering knowledge and intellectual discourse through the medium of film.

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