Based on his childhood fascination for the strange atmosphere of amusement parks Till Nowak creates this fictional documentary The Centrifuge Brain Project.
The shots and scene-setting you see in the beginning of this film will not hint at the awe-inspiring visuals you are going to see later. A scientist in his lab, explaining to the unseen interviewer about experiments in learning at higher g-force graphed on a bell curve could be an interesting documentary for the already initiated.
Its not even until you see the first awesome amusement park ride- The Spherothon-that you realize that this film is fictional. It will take a few seconds for your brain to comprehend what it is seeing-this is the peak at the top of the hill of a roller-coaster-and then the film lunges you forward for the ride. Guided by the scientists self-serious air, you are bombarded with one impossible but beautiful machine after another.
The special effects mesh perfectly into the world and a sense of playful whimsy holds the film together. In the end, the film is about our fantastic imagination at the service of breaking away, breaking boundaries of form and gravity and making machines more powerful (where they almost begin to resemble a living organism) and help us bring loser to the solution of all our problems. Mad scienstist or just typical human behaviour?
This film preimiered in Clermont-Ferrand and has a hugely successful festival run. It's one of those rare films that will stay with you for a long time because of its completely original content.