Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Jun 28, 2018 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Jun 28, 2018 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2017
Run Time:78 minutes
Production Country:Canada, Chile
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Alison McAlpine


“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 splendor.

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.

“The unforgettable Chilean sky and the remarkable characters we filmed, and their relationship to the sky, is the heart of ‘Cielo’. These desert dwellers and scientists who live and work in the Atacama Desert — their stories, their reflections, their humor and humanity and the endless beauty of the sky — were and are my continual inspiration,” said director Alison McAlpine. “So few of us look above and pay attention to the stars or planets in our daily lives; what would it be like to live among these extraordinary people in this otherworldly landscape whose gaze is totally directed upward?”