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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
IN SEARCH OF MEMORY
(Auf der Suche nach dem Gedächtnis)
½ "Mentally stimulating and emotionally affecting" -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "This 79-year-old charmer has stories to tell, and itís funny at times in unexpected ways" -NewCity Chicago
"[Kandel is] certainly a pleasure to spend time with in a doc, and his story and his passion, which [Petra] Seeger easily conveys, are, if you'll pardon the inevitable pun, memorable" -TimeOut Chicago
In Search of Memory is a compelling blend of autobiography and history that recounts the life of one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century and illuminates scientific developments in our understanding of the brain's role in recording and preserving memory. In addition to archival footage and dramatic re-creations of Eric Kandel's childhood experiences in Nazi-occupied Vienna and his formative years as an emigrant in New York, the film features discussions with Kandel, friends and family, as well as his public lectures in Vienna and New York, which explore both his professional and personal life, especially his emotional ties to Judaism. Both through its personal journey into the memory of this amazingly spry and witty 79-year old, especially his traumatic experiences during the Holocaust, and a visit to his Columbia University laboratory, where Kandel and his colleagues demonstrate their experimental research. In Search of Memory examines how the brain stores memories, the difference between short-term and long-term memory, Alzheimer's and age-related memory loss, and structural modifications to the brain that enhance memory. In revisiting the people, places and objects of Kandel's lifetime experiences, the film reveals how everything we undergo changes the brain, even our genetic make-up, and can determine the focus of a life's work.
Directed by Petra Seeger, Germany, 2009, 95 mins. In English and German with English subtitles.