Pi / A World Pi Day Celebration!


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