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Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands Photos

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A study shows the environmental threats posed by a proposed large-scale oil extraction at Alberta's Tar Sands.

Cast & Crew

Spencer Tripp
Executive Producer
Sandy Hunter
Producer
Laura Severinac
Producer
Vincent Hänni
Original Music
Gabriel Scotti
Original Music
Peter Mettler
Cinematographer
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  • Peter Mettler, its director, is trying to show how the second largest oil reserve in the world, which emits more CO2 each day than all the vehicles in Canada, has despoiled a track of the boreal forest as big as England.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • This timely oil industry documentary from Greenpeace is only 43 minutes long, but stunning, fugue-like aerial photography justifies its cinema release.

    May 14, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Peeled-back forests; outflow lakes black with bitumen; valleys eczema'd by excavation; it is at once scary, nightmarish and oddly beautiful.

    May 13, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's power is the contemplative space crafted by Mettler and his collaborators.

    January 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Petropolis is a motion picture quite unlike anything we've seen, a monumental oil-painting-in-progress. It has to be seen to be believed, and even then you wonder: what the hell was that?

    July 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sumptuous cinematography gives this documentary an artistic feel that makes it almost hypnotic as mainly aerial cameras explore the world's second biggest oil reserve. But even with minimal text, it still makes its point with elegant simplicity.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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