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Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson • 1997 • United States
Starring Tilda Swinton, Timothy Leary, Karen Black
The first of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s philosophically adventurous, genre-defying collaborations with star Tilda Swinton casts the actor as Ada Lovelace, the radically ahead-of-her-time nineteenth-century mathematics genius and daughter of poet Lord Byron, often regarded as the world’s first computer programmer for her pioneering work alongside Charles Babbage. Obsessed with Lovelace, present-day computer programmer Emmy Coer (Francesca Faridany) manages to develop a technology that allows her to make contact with her idol, allowing the two women to share their common experiences and challenges across centuries. Karen Black and psychedelic pioneer Timothy Leary costar, while avant-pop conceptualists the Residents provide the score.