the brain

18 September 2021


Brief Synopsis:

At the start of the 21st century, science-fiction has made its way into reality. Research aimed at understanding the functioning of our biological brain is being matched by spectacular progress in the development of artificial intelligence.
A silent war is raging inside cutting-edge laboratories embodied by two scientists: a father and his son. The father, a renowned researcher, is convinced that the brain can be replicated on artificial systems. His son, a young AI researcher, fears the consequences of such a project.
Their captivating confrontations lead us into other stories around the world, that map out a future both fascinating and disturbing.


Directed by: Jean-Stéphane Bron
Production: Bande à Part Films – Les Films Pelléas
Producer: Lionel Baier, Frédéric Mermoud, Philippe Martin, David Thion
Editing: Julie Lena
Cinematography: Éponine Momenceau
Running time: 103’
Country: France, Switzerland
Year: 2021
Contacts: Anne-Laure Barbarit |

Director’s note:

The Brain is based on an observation: science is creating technologies that give birth to a new world, which we find difficult to comprehend. I was also driven by my curiosity, with the desire to see what is going on in the labs. Through them, I wanted to film an imaginary, futuristic mental landscape. […] When I met Alexandre Pouget, and he told me that his son was studying Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Oxford, I knew I had the beginnings of a film. The story of a father and a son is the unconscious starting point.