A scene from the film Cousin.
(photo credit: PR)
One sometimes hears soberly considered expressions such as “the thinking person’s painting,” or a description of some other area of the arts in such cerebral terms. That also applies to the cinematic field. Most, for example, would probably go along with the idea that Ingmar Bergman’s films stimulate a degree of gray-matter activity.But when it comes to combining visual entertainment and intellectual pursuit, the annual Art and Brain Week event has most of them beat. For the past seven years, the event, sponsored by the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences and based largely at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, has been incorporating discussion panels and lectures by leading academics in the brain research field, in conjunction with movie screenings, dance performances and even some humor, as part of International Brain Awareness Week.