A.I. Artificial Intelligence

USA 2001. Dir: Steven Spielberg. 146 min. DCP

Conceived by the late, great Stanley Kubrick but realized by New Hollywood alumnus Steven Spielberg, A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a push-pull showcase for the very distinct sensibilities of the two filmmakers; against odds, it results in a fascinating, top-tier work of science-fiction cinema (nevermind the naysayers). Based on a short story by Brit author Brian Aldiss — and boasting Spielberg’s first screenplay for a self-helmed film since 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind — it features Haley Joel Osment as humanoid-child robot David, a prototype “mecha” programmed to love by a grieving population decimated by global warming. Rejected and abandoned by his conflicted mother figure, he embarks on a Pinocchio-referencing adventure in hopes of becoming a real (and thus, really loved) boy. “A misunderstood classic” (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph).

Please note: A departure from our typically all-ages Cinema Sunday program, this film is rated 14A and is intended for a teenage audience.



Why would humans create artificial intelligence? What is the state of robot development today? Does science fiction overlap with science fact? Join us after the film for a discussion with The Cinematheque Education Department!

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Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and intergalactic space pirate Michael van den Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsors Videomatica SalesGolden Age Collectables, and Kidsbooks.


“One of Spielberg’s most meticulous, complex, and haunting works, and one well worth revisiting if you rejected it first time around.”

The Playlist | full review

“May be [Spielberg’s] most personal film, as well as his most thoughtful … A movie people will be arguing about for many years to come.”

Chicago Reader | full review