Scene from the film Cielo
Scene from the film Cielo
Scene from the film Cielo


  • Canada
  • Chile
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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.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Alison McAlpine
  • DOP
    Benjamín Echazarreta
  • Editing
    Andrea Chignoli
  • Music
    Phillippe Lauzier
  • Duration
    78 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
    • Chile
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
    • New York Film Festival
    • RIDM
    • Hot Docs
    • DOXA
    • Full Frame Festival
    • SANFIC
    • Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara
    • Bergen International Film Festival
    • Trento Film Festival
    • InSciene-International Science Film Festival Nijmegen
    • DocPoint Tallinn
    • DocPoint Helsinki
    • Krakow Film Festival
    • Doclands
    • Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
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