Cielo, dir. Alison McAlpine, Canada / Chile 2018, 78 min.
Cielo is a cinematic reverie on the beauty of the night sky as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the best places on earth to contemplate its splendour.
From director Alison McAlpine, this nonfiction film drifts between science and spirituality, with remarkable images of galaxies, arid land and desert shores. Interviews with astronomers and desert dwellers ground the film, as they share their evocative visions of the stars and planets, mythic stories and existential queries.
Alison McAlpine 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. Soon she discovered theatre in Ireland, writing highly visual poetic monologues which were performed in Dublin. In Canada, Alison formed a theatre company and wrote and directed plays that were presented at festivals in Canada, Ireland and France. She was encouraged towards cinema and received a commission to write a TV Opera based on a play she had written. Her mid-length film Second Sight (2008) was screened at more than 35 international film festivals. Cielo is Alison’s first feature film.
£13 Full, £11 Concs/Green, £7 Blue Members.
Tuesdays + weekday matinees: £8 Full, £5 Concs/Blue/Green Members.
The ICA screens the UK premiere of Cielo
on Wednesday 25 September
followed by a panel discussion with director Alison McAlpine and Oscar-winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch.
All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated.
Groups are advised to arrive early as seating is unallocated.
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