Celebrate “World Pi Day” on 3/14 at The Loft with a special screening of Darren Aronofsky’s classic sci-fi/math thriller Pi on the big screen, followed by a lively discussion on infinity and the significance of the concept of Pi led by Bruce J. Bayly, University of Arizona Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Kenneth D. McLaughlin, University of Arizona Associate Professor of Mathematics. And check out the Arizona Mathematic Road Show Bus, which will be on site at the event, courtesy of the University of Arizona College of Science and School of Mathematical Sciences!
Don’t forget to grab a tasty slice of Pi Pie, on sale at the snack bar for this screening only!
"We share Max's feelings of imminent psychological disintegration as the film probes our own insecurity in the face of the eternal. Maths meets millennial doom in one of the decade's true originals." - Trevor Johnston, Time Out
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) made his directorial debut with this offbeat Kafkaesque thriller (shot in stunning black and white) weaving together mathematical and philosophical plot threads into a unique, science fiction-tinged nightmare. In Pi, reclusive math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and that patterns exist everywhere: in nature, in science, in religion, in business. Max spends his days searching for these patterns in everything, when he’s not suffering mysterious headaches, playing Go with a former teacher or fooling around with an advanced computer system named Euclid he’s built in his NYC apartment. Unfortunately, Max is not the not the only one looking for these universal patterns, and soon everyone from Wall Street investors, looking to break the market, to Hasidic Jews, searching for the 216-digit number that reveals the true name of God, are trying to get their hands on the secrets in Max’s head. Distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations and paranoid delusions, Max begins to lose his grip on reality as the increasingly dangerous world closes in around him. A highly original look at mathematics and madness, Pi scored Araonofsky the Dramatic Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. (Dir. by Darren Aronofsky, 1998, USA, 84 mins., Rated R) 35mm