Archive of films Glitch in the Matrix / A Glitch in the Matrix

2020, 108 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

The notion that life is an illusion can be traced back to antiquity, and with the development of information technologies it now appears in sci-fi literature and cyberpunk movies. For some, this is the subject of academic debate, but others believe in it so much that they no longer recognize the boundaries of the real world…


Is “I think, therefore I am” still a valid maxim? Or are we merely characters in an enormous simulation so sophisticated that we are unable to comprehend it? Who directs this simulation? The film explores aspects of the controversial simulation hypothesis, which the author Philip K. Dick explored in popular culture thirty years before The Matrix hit cinemas. Is our world an alternative reality like that depicted in The Man in the High Castle? Are we unconscious victims controlled by a technologically advanced intelligence? While Dick’s stories were inspired by his mystical experiences, for Elon Musk simulation theory is based purely on mathematical probability. What are some of us capable of doing in order to escape the Matrix?

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Rodney Ascher

Rodney Ascher. Selected filmography: The S from Hell (2010, short doc.), Room 237 (2012, doc.), The Nightmare (2015, doc.), The El Duce Tapes (directed by Rodney Ascher, David Lawrence and Ryan Sexton, 2019, doc.), A Glitch in the Matrix (2020, doc.).


Magnolia Pictures International
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Rodney Ascher
Music: Jonathan Snipes
Editor: Rodney Ascher
Producer: Ross M. Dinerstein, p.g.a.
Production: Campfire Film & TV
Sales: Magnolia Pictures International

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