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still from Pi (Darren Aronofsky, US 1998)


Darren Aronofsky / US, 1998 / 85 min.

A mathematical genius becomes obsessed with the pattern contained in the endless number pi. Whoever can work this out, will discover not only the key to creation, but will be able to predict fluctuations on the stock exchange. Aronofsky’s exciting debut brought him the best director award at the Sundance festival in America. The Badlands film chosen by Rossella Nisio, Jemima de Jonge and Daniël Ernst.

poster Pi (Darren Aronofsky, US 1998)
After getting sunstroke, young mathematician Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) becomes obsessed with patterns in numerical series. In his room in Chinatown, he discovers that the universe and everything in it is made up of spirals. More and more people get interested in his ideas – including a Wall Street business and a group of Hasidic Jews, who hope that Max’s formula will reveal the true name of their god.

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English, Hebrew (modern)



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Up-and-coming film talent at Eye: a new generation of Dutch makers are given the opportunity to present their debut films, discuss filmmaking and select films by makers that inspired them. These Badlands evenings are compiled by guest curators Lemuël de Graav, Xiang Yu Yeung and Eye programmer Ronald Simons.

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still from Pi (Darren Aronofsky, US 1998)
still from Pi (Darren Aronofsky, US 1998)

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