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A Film House presentation
Chile, Canada, 2018. Directed by Alison McAlpine. 78 min. G
In English, Spanish, and French with English subtitles.

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.

Winner of Best Cinematography at Byron Bay International Film Festival with three other nominations for Best FIlm and Best Documentary.

“Eye-popping. Exquisite. The images in the film are unmatched by any Hollywood blockbuster. Revealing a generosity, zeal and delight here, (the film) suggests the cosmos may not be as cold as some think.” – Jordan Hoffman, Village Voice

Cielo will leave you starstruck with its gorgeous imagery.”
 – Chris Knight, The National Post

“One of the Best Documentaries of 2018…A cinematic rumination on the majesty of everything that surrounds us.” – Nick Schager, Esquire

The Film House St. Catharines


$9.50 – general admission
$7 –  film house member  // 13 and under
$5 - Wednesday matinees

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