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Mnemophrenia is a science fiction feature film directed by Eirini Konstantinidou that deals with themes around Virtual Reality, artificial memories and identity.
The film is set in the future and explores the ramifications of a condition called 'mnemophrenia' that inadvertently makes users mistake VR experiences for real ones and leads to the proliferation of artificial memories, blending the boundaries between reality and fiction. Mnemophrenia follows the stories of three different generations of mnemophrenics and explores how each one deals with the condition. Jeanette is a documentary filmmaker who makes a documentary to raise awareness about the new condition, having discovered her first love Douglas was a fake memory due to a VR series she experienced. Jeanette’s grandson Nicholas is developing the next generation of the VR technology but he is caught between his own ideals, his company's agenda, and an underground group advocating an all-mnemophrenic society. In Robyin's time, Nicholas's granddaughter, the whole world is mnemophrenic. She is leading research into shared consciousness through mnemophrenia using a brain-implanted chip and while battling with a terminal illness she sees a rare opportunity to use her research as a touchstone that could possibly lead humankind to its next evolutionary step. Overall the film questions our beliefs around the idea of memory, identity and ultimately our human nature and how these could be affected by technology.
Origins of Mnemophrenia
Mnemophrenia was originally conceived as part of Eirini Konstantinidou's PhD studies in Film and it constitutes the foundation of her research. An important aspect of the approach to screenwriting in Mnemophrenia is the development of the film script through improvisation workshops with the actors. The director believes that realistic dialogue and performances that are achieved through improvisation contribute to the intended blurring of the distinction between reality and fiction explored in the film.
About the director
Eirini Konstantinidou has a PhD in Film studies specialising in science fiction films about memory and technology and is based on her first feature film Mnemophrenia. She has directed and written four short films, two of which are award-winning and all of which have played in various international film festivals. She is a Lecturer in Film Production at University of Essex.
World Premiere: 44th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival - 11th February 2019
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- Brunel University: https://bura.brunel.ac.uk/bitstream/2438/7968/1/FulltextThesis.pdf
- Journal of Media Practice: https://doi.org/10.1080/14682753.2017.1305837
- Flix.gr article - Mnemophrenia: http://flix.gr/news/mnemophrenia-eirini-konstantinidou.html
- Flix.gr article - Mnemophrenia crowdfunding http://flix.gr/news/mnhmofreneia-crowdfunding-gia-thn-tainias-ths-eirh.html
- Screenwriting Research Network: https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/sites/default/files/files/events/conferences/Past%20conferences/SRNprogramme2015.pdf
- Athens Voice: https://www.athensvoice.gr/culture/cinema/44005_mnimofreneia-i-trilogia
- Boston Science Fiction Film Festival: https://www.bostonscifi.com/february-11-2019/
- Essex university: https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/KONST60900/eirini-konstantinidou