Audiovisual Cases: Love at the Limit


Two documentaries exploring the full spectrum of emotions that love unleashes – from ecstatic pleasure to inconsolable heartbreak – will be analysed through the lens of science communication and storytelling. 

11.45–12.15 Sleepless in New York 

Christian Frei – Director and Producer | Love is the best thing in life... until it's over. Often laughed off as nothing more than an affliction of adolescence, lovesickness is the topic of this sensitive and compelling documentary film that dives into the frenzied nights of three newly rejected lovers. Over the course of the film, renowned anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher reveals the astounding and profound processes that unfold in the brain of the lovesick. Exploring the difficult path out of self-destructive obsessive behavior, toward a new self, Sleepless in New York is a film for those in love, out of love or looking for love. In this panel, Oscar-Nominated Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei speaks about by far the hardest film he's ever done. 

12.15–12.45 Pleasure and Pain


Judith König – Director & Science Journalist,

Tristan Chytroscheck – Producer,

Brian D. Earp – Associate Director, Yale-Hastings Program.

Recent scientific studies prove that love is more than a feeling. It is a drive that transforms our brain and our body profoundly. Pleasure and Pain reveals the fascinating science behind what love is, what it does to us—and asks whether it is good for us at all. In this visual journey through the world of love from birth to death, we find astonishing insights into love’s benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing, the hormones that shape the complex relationship between love and sex, the fatal risks of Broken Heart syndrome, the importance of smell for finding the right partner and more. 

Moderated by

Ivvet Modinou, Head of Engagement, British Science Association.


Premiere of Pleasure & Pain:

22.06.2019 | 18:00 | Puschkino;

Rerun: 23.06.2019 | 17:00 | Zazie


Christian Frei

Director & Producer

Judith König

Biologist | Science Journalist

Tristan Chytroschek

Producer, a&o buero filmproduktion gmbh

Brian D. Earp

Associate Director, Yale-Hastings Program, Yale University, The Hastings Center

Ivvet Modinou

Head of Engagement

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