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Documentary — Chile — 2017 — 78 min
Color | English, Spanish, French | 16:9 | 5.1


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.



  • Direction and screenplay : Alison McAlpine
  • Production : Alison McAlpine, Carmen Garcia and Paola Castillo (Second Sight Pictures, Argus Films, Errante Producciones)
  • Direction of photography : Benjamín Echazarreta
  • Editing : Andrea Chignoli
  • Sound Design : Miguel Hormazábal
  • Sound recording : Andrea Carrasco, Rodrigo Salvatierra, Carlo Sánchez Farías, Claudio Vargas and Alison McAlpine
  • Mixing and original score : Philippe Lauzier
  • New York Film Festival, 2017
  • Byron Bay International Film Festival, 2018 *Best Cinematography
  • Hot Docs, 2018
  • Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, 2018 *Creative Excellence Award
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2018
  • Trento Film Festival, 2018 *Audience Award for Best Full-length Film
  • Salem Film Fest, 2018 *Best Cinematography
  • Santiago International Film Festival – SANFIC, 2018 *Kinêma Award for Alison McApline
  • Le Gala Quebec Cinema, 2019
  • Pantagonia Eco Film Fest, 2019 *Best Director
  • BBK Mendi Film Bilbao, 2019 *Best Cinematography
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