(Canada/Chile/2017—directed by Alison McAlpine) 

Cielo is a cinematic reverie on the crazy beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the best places on our planet to explore and contemplate its splendor. Alison McAlpine’s sublime documentary shifts between science and spirituality, the arid land, desert shores and lush galaxies, expanding the limits of our earth-bound imaginations.

Astronomers in the Atacama's observatories and the desert dwellers who work the land (and sea) share their visions of the stars and planets, their mythic stories and existential queries with remarkable openness and a contagious sense of wonder. A love poem to the night sky, Cielo transports us to a space, quiet and calm, within which we can ponder the infinite and unknown. In Spanish, English and French with English subtitles. (77 mins.) 

“A beautiful and moving film! Photography, sound, structure, subject – enough to lift the spirits out of any earthly trough.”-Walter Murch, sound designer and editor, Apocalypse Now 


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