Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul (Minneapolis, MN): Robot & Frank*

National Evening of Science on Screen
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1hr 29mins // directed by:Jake Schreier // featuring:Frank Langella

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul (Minneapolis, MN) will present a screening of Robot & Frank, introduced by Professor Maria Gini. Please click here for event details.

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief (Frank Langella) receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. University of Minnesota Computer Science Professor Maria Gini speaks before the film about artificial intelligence and robots, including robot pets.

About the Film

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

About the Speaker

Maria Gini is the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science at University of Minnesota.

* = Past recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize (given annually to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character).