World Premiere

*smiles and kisses you*

15
87 mins
Bryan Carberry

Premiere Status

World Premiere

Countries

United States

Language

English

Content Warning

Death and dying, Sexual assault/sexual violence, Violence

Run Time

87 minutes

Overview

Part of the 

strand.

An insightful and moving documentary about a thirty-something man and his relationship with the life-size AI doll he lives with, who is animated through an app.

The real focus of this beautiful film is his honest reflection and the complex personal history that has led him to develop this confined yet very real relationship with the doll.

This is a clear-eyed, open-hearted and fascinating take on machine learning and AI, and the social implications for people who may seek safety and control over their circumstances in ways they cannot find elsewhere in life. 

– Emma Boa


My initial aim with this story was to spotlight a seemingly ‘abnormal’ individual and, by exploring the very relatable circumstances of their ‘abnormal’ decisions, dissolve any illusions of their being different from the rest of us. I was more than lucky to find Chris, a lovable, inspiring survivor I felt an immediate connection with.

In this singular era – as reality increasingly resembles the far-fetched futures of Chris’s sci-fi movies – his story felt like microcosm of this tech-centric migration, a development I myself have personally felt: one from tech’s thrilling potential for connecting humans far and wide; to our gradual, all-pervasive dependence on it; to then finally, perhaps, finding ourselves in desperate need for real human connection.

– Director Bryan Carberry

Showtimes

Monday 19 August
15:45

87 mins

The Cameo

Cameo 1
Monday 19 August
18:15

87 mins

Summerhall

Red Lecture Theatre
Tuesday 20 August
12:45

87 mins

50 George Square

Screening Room
HOH Subtitled, Pay What You Can (£3 – £11)
Tuesday 20 August
15:30

87 mins

Inspace

Screening Room

The Venue

50 George Square

Newington,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9JU

The Venue

Inspace

1 Crichton Street,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9AB

The Venue

Summerhall

1 Summerhall,
Edinburgh,
EH9 1PL

The Venue

Cameo Cinema

38 Home Street,
Edinburgh,
EH3 9LZ

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