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a man and a woman wearing headphones sitting next to a white pod in a futuristic room.

SFFILM Festival

Sloan Science on Screen: “The Pod Generation”

Directed by Sophie Barthes

Belgium | 109

19 Apr
Wed, Apr 19, 2023 at 7:30 pm PT

There will not be walk-up ticket sales or a rush line for this program. This screening required pre-registration that has now ended.

Guests Expected

Director Sophie Barthes, Moderator Glenn Kiser


Rachel (Emilia Clarke) and Alvy (Chiwetel Ejiofor) live a comfortable lifestyle in New York City in this satiric blend of sci-fi and social commentary set in the near future. While Rachel has a corporate job at a company that makes AI assistants, Alvy works from their upscale apartment studying plants as a botanist. The couple want to have a child but pregnancy might impede Rachel’s prospects for promotion. Her employer has a solution to the dilemma in a new biotech breakthrough, a portable artificial womb in which the fetus can incubate. Experiencing impending parenthood at a remove tests the relationship between husband and wife as well as their connection to their “pod baby.” Writer/director Sophie Barthes presents a striking, darkly funny critique of the effects of capitalism and technology on the family.

Audience Note: Dolby Cinema is located at 1275 Market Street. The rideshare pickup/dropoff location is at 35 9th Street. There are no food or beverages allowed in Dolby’s largest laboratory. No parking is available at this venue.

Sloan Science on Screen Initiative

Presented through a partnership between SFFILM and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this screening is part of SFFILM’s Sloan Science in Cinema initiative.

Director Sophie Barthes

Sophie Barthes made her directing debut with Cold Souls (2009), for which she was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Award, followed by Madame Bovary (2014). The Pod Generation is her third feature.

Moderator Glenn Kiser

Glenn Kiser is the Director of the Dolby Institute, Dolby’s initiative to bring education and inspiration to filmmakers and artists about the creative use of sound and image in storytelling. He is the host of the Dolby Institute Podcast, now in its seventh season, featuring in-depth conversations with artists about how they use technology. He created the Dolby Institute Fellowships, supporting exciting new films from directors including Rebecca Hall, Alma Har’el, Benh Zeitlin, Taika Waititi, Dee Rees, and Reed Morano. Previously, Kiser was the VP & General Manager of Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, where he oversaw sound teams on numerous films including Avatar, The Incredibles, Wall-E, and the Star Wars prequels. Before joining Skywalker, Kiser was a post-production executive at Propaganda Films, where he worked with directors including David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Jane Campion. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 109

Country Belgium, France

Director Sophie Barthes

Executive Producer Emilia Clarke, Sophie Barthes, David Bensadoun, Paul Nelson, Adrian Politowski, Nessa McGill, Sierra Garcia , Nathanaël Karmitz, Beniamin Mincu

Producer Geneviève Lemal, Yann Zenou, Nadia Kamlichi, Martin Metz

Writer Sophie Barthes

Editor Ron Patane, Olivier Bugge-Coutté

Cinematographer Andrij Parekh

Cast Emilia Clarke, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rosalie Craig

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.