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.
Walter Murch has been working in Hollywood since contributing to Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People (1969). He edited the sound for American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now (1979), and an unprecedented double Oscar for sound and film editing for his work on The English Patient (1996).
More recently he helped reconstruct Touch of Evil (1958) from Orson Welles' original notes, and edited The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Walter Murch has also written several books, including In the Blink of an Eye (1995), universally considered the bible of film editing.
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.
Wed, 25 Sep 2019
£13 Full, £11 Concs/Green, £7 Blue Members.
This UK Premiere will be followed by a panel discussion with film director Alison McAlpine and Oscar-winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch, hosted by filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky.