2015 Gérardmer Jury Prize

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Ex Machina has been praised as “a posthuman futuristic shocker” and “a visionary sci-fi”. This is the directorial debut of Alex Garland, best known as the author of The Beach and The Tesseract, and as the screenwriter for 28 Days Later and Sunshine. The film follows Caleb, a programmer who is chosen by his boss, Nathan Bateman, to evaluate the consciousness of his latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava, a breathtaking AI who proves to be more sophisticated–and more deceptive– than anyone could have imagined. Ex Machina is a gothic sci-fi that explores the price of genius and technology, and gender roles.