Cielo

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Cielo is a cinematic reverie on the crazy beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the best places on our planet to explore and contemplate its splendour. Director Alison McAlpine's sublime nonfiction film drifts between science and spirituality, the arid land, desert shores and lush galaxies, expanding the limits of our earthling imaginations. Planet Hunters in the Atacama's astronomical observatories and the desert dwellers who work the land and sea share their evocative visions of the stars and planets, their mythic stories and existential queries with remarkable openness and a contagious sense of wonder. A love poem for the night sky, Cielo transports us to a space, quiet and calm, within which we can ponder the infinite and unknown.

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Critic Reviews for Cielo

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  • It should come as no surprise that McAlpine has a background in poetry. The sky is a naturally lyrical subject and the film is full of contemplative shots, displaying a rich visual language.

    August 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Somewhere between a Discovery Channel special and a Koyaanisqatsi-esque head trip, you'll find Alison McAlpine's exquisite portrait film Cielo.

    August 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Watching it can't help but call attention to the artifice of moviemaking. The sides of the frame are all too visible. Moody woodwinds fill the emptiness of the space.

    August 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • McAlpine's work is subtle and sublime; its queries more like answers.

    August 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Buoyed by conversations with a variety of people closely associated with this particularly luminous region, "Cielo" should entrance all those who enter its unique atmosphere.

    August 9, 2018 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Variety
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  • Although her film clocks in at a brisk 78 minutes, McAlpine attempts an admirable thoroughness: We see time-lapse images of the sky; we experience homemade special effects shots that depict astronomical phenomena...

    March 23, 2020 | Full Review…

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