Homage to the film "Rite of Love and Death" (a.k.a. "Yukoku") by Yukio Mishima
With Edward Frenkel and Kayshonne Insixieng May
26 minutes, in HD color with 5.1 surround sound
Supported by Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris
"... a stunning short film... offers an unusual romantic vision of mathematicians."
(San Francisco Examiner)
Brilliance Triumphs Over Rejection, review of Edward Frenkel's book Love and Math in The New York Times
A Mathematical Romance, review in The New York Review of Books
Edward Frenkel's interview with Stephen Colbert
More quotes from the press
Mathematics, Love, and Tattoos, reflections on Rites of Love and Math and its "formula of love"
Hot Berkeley prof gets his kit off for calculus
Further investigations of the mind-body problem, a chapter referencing "Rites of Love and Math" from Michael Harris' book Mathematics Without Apologies
Internet Movie Database page
The Film Trailer
"Rites of Love and Math" screening in Berkeley on December 1, 2010
Video of the Q&A after the screening at the Berkeley Film Festival, where the film won a Grand Festival Award
The première took place on April 14, 2010 at Max Linder Panorama Theater in Paris, sponsored by Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris.
The film was also shown on May 2 at Cinéma Balzac in Paris;
on June 17 at the conference Symmetry, Duality, and Cinema at Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris;
on June 26 at Cinema Le Grand Action in Paris, in competition at the Sexy International Paris Film Festival;
on August 13 at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara;
on November 9 at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences of Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.
It has been shown in competition at the 43rd Sitges International Film Festival, the world's foremost festival of fantasy films, October 7-17, 2010, in Sitges, Spain.
The film was shown on December 1, 2010, at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley (together with Yukio Mishima's film "Rite of Love and Death"). Links to the extensive media coverage of this event are given below.
On July 13, 2011, the film was shown at the conference Cultura con 'M' de Matematicos in Bilbao, Spain.
On September 30, 2011, it was shown at Residencia de Estidiantes in Madrid, Spain.
On October 2, 2011, it was shown in the Official Program of the Berkeley Video and Film Festival, where it won a Grand Festival Award.
On March 30, 2012, it was shown at the annual Conference Matematica e Cultura in Venice, Italy.
On July 3, 2014, at a special screening at the Somerset House in London, followed by a conversation and Q&A with Stanley Kubrick's producer Jan Harlan.
Report on the film on the French TV program "En Attendant Minuit"
(East Bay Express)
The true language of love? It's math, says Berkeley professor Edward Frenkel, whose steamy new film touches a nerve
(UC Berkeley News)
Short Film Short Review: Rites of Love and Math
Rites of Love and Math - Interview with Edward Frenkel: as the Tragic and Possessed Lover
(San Francisco Examiner)
Rites of nude math professors and Berkeley
(San Francisco Bay Guardian)
Berkeley Math Prof Edward Frenkel Branches Out Into Erotic Film
Math Professor Creates Unconventional Film
(The Daily Californian)
La dualité entre l'amour et les maths (English translation: The duality between love and math )
X^3 rated Thriller
Erotic equations: Love meets mathematics on film
Getting an Orgasm from Integral Calculus
A mathematician at Berkeley has made an intriguing short film
Math Research Institute, Art, Politics, Transgressive Sex and Geometric Langlands
(Not Even Wrong)
New short film fuses mathematics and sexuality while paying tribute to Japanese film
(Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow)
Math, sex and tattoos: Cal prof stirs it up with short film
La formula dell'amore: matematici al cinema (Formula of love: mathematics at the cinema)
Amor y matemáticas. El cóctel perfecto según Frenkel (Love and Mathematics. A perfect cocktail according to Frenkel)
El verdadero lenguaje del amor (The true language of love)
(Matemáticas y sus fronteras)
Kim demis matematik seksi olmaz diye? (Who said math isn't sexy?)
Edward Frenkel's website