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Le lien cosmique

Directed by Catherine Fol
Canada, 2000 (documentary, 52 minutes, colour, French)
Also known as "The Cosmic Link"
Le lien cosmique
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Where do we come from? The award-winning The Cosmic Link takes us on a fascinating odyssey, in the company of some world-renowned scientists whose discoveries into the natural world are providing some clues to this age-old question. Could the first life forms, which appeared some four billion years ago, have originated in organic cosmic dust? One thing is certain: all life on our planet shares some of the same genetic code and developed from the same evolutionary tree. But could life have evolved in a completely different way? What if there were living organisms with a genetic structure entirely unlike ours? The key to this mystery may be found in space. Christian de Duve, biochemist and Nobel Prize winner, astronomer Michel Mayor and biopaleontologist Michael Caldwell of the Canadian Museum of Nature help shed brilliant light on our cosmic link with the rest of the universe."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Catherine Fol
Produced by: Éric Michel
Narrator: Pascale Montpetit
Participants: Athéna Cousténis, Stanley L. Miller, Michel Maurette, David W. Deamer, Christopher P. McKay, Stephen J. Mojzsis, Michael W. Caldwell, Christian de Duve, Jean Heidmann, Michel Mayor, Geoffrey Marcy
Cinematography: Martin Leclerc
Film Editing: Vincent Guignard
Music: Eric Longsworth
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada
(sources)

Quote about Le lien cosmique [in French]

"[...] Catherine Fol, toute scientifique qu'elle soit, ou qu'elle ait été, est avant tout cinéaste, c'est-à-dire une artiste qui éprouve le désir de communiquer une idée, de partager une impression à l'aide d'un style personnel et, surtout, visuel. C'est ainsi que Le lien cosmique parvient à sublimer le discours strictement scientifique grâce à sa dimension poétique, esthétique et métaphorique, ce qui lui permet de séduire à plusieurs niveaux et de devenir un bel exemple de cohérence entre le fond et la forme."
-- Carlo Mandolini (source)

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