This place with its endless sand dunes, dry trees shrivelled up to the point of crumbling apart, the stars filling the night sky, and the silence that fills the space is the Atacama Desert in Chile. From the Milky Way shining in various colors, the sunrise and sunset to the clouds quickly floating by, the sky hidden in the cityscape seems like a living entity here. The people occupying the space under this sky and looking up at it at night will naturally realize that humans are minuscule compared to the vast cosmos. Up till now, no film has shown the sky as such a deep, blue, vast and mystical life form like this film. (Billy CHOI)
Alps Cinema 2
Alison’s roots are in poetry, which she began writing as a teenager, publishing in her early twenties. At a writing workshop in Banff the novelist Alistair MacLeod described her work as film poetry. Her mid-length film Second Sight (2008), “a nonfiction ghost story,” was screened at more than 35 international film festivals. Cielo is Alison’s first feature film.