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Cielo

Sat & Sun, Aug 25 & 26 / 5 pm
Sat & Sun, Sept 1 & 2 / 5 pm
Directed by Alison McAlpine
2017, Canada / Chile, 78 min
Spanish, French & English with subtitles

The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is the driest desert on Earth, which makes it an astronomer’s paradise. With perfect climate and geography, and minimal light pollution, it’s an ideal place to observe and research celestial bodies. Through masterful cinematography, the skies in the desert are captured in breathtaking detail.

While the observations of the filmmaker guide us through our inevitable existential questioning, we meet astronomers, residents and travelers who live and work in the desert, all of whom share a deep connection to the place. Their stories and poetry touch upon the physical and metaphysical, as we bear witness to an enigmatic place rich with history and folklore. Striking the perfect balance between poetic reflection, myth, existential query and science, the film invites us to gaze up at a dazzling, star-studded sky and marvel at our place in an infinite, unknowable universe.

Reviews

Alison McAlpine’s Cielo is a love letter to the sky. It’s also a heckuva a beauty, especially seen from a location used by astronomers because of its vastness and lack of light pollution. Cinematographer Benjamin Echazarreta has done a fine job of capturing that beauty... mysterious and absorbing.
- Dariel Gamliel, Cinetalk.net
Cielo: A beautiful film! Photography, sound, structure, subject matter - enough to lift the spirits out of any earthly trough. A moving film in all senses of that word.
-Walter Murch
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