'2001: A Space Odyssey' is featured in a summer course on science fiction at the UB
The University of Barcelona (UB) and the Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia organize the course Of Apes and Odysseys, the Future of the Past. The definitive impetus of science fiction movies in 1968, coordinated by Professor Jordi Ojeda and Festival Director Ángel Sala.
The year 1968 is an emblematic year for science fiction movies and fantastic genre in general. The premiere of two adaptations of literary works like 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick, and Planet of the Apes, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, revolutionized science fiction films, due both to their technical quality and the risk taken when it came to revamping the way they were narrated.
Today, most of the films with the highest box office returns at theaters are science fiction genre, ensuring the continuity of big hit sequels, encouraging debates that go beyond entertainment and enable reflection on science and its consequences both individually and socially. This is something that’s very well-known by the genre fans who, year after year, have observed this evolution in Sitges’ lineup. With this experience that’s characteristic of both the Festival and movie theaters in general, the course will analyze what science fiction movies are like from 1968 to present from many different perspectives.
The course has a duration of 20 hours and will be taught from Monday 9 to Friday 13 July, from 16:00 to 20:30 in the UB’s historic building in Barcelona. Registration is now open with a limited number of places, and a discount price period until 31 May. More information and enrolment here.