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Bring the Night Sky to Your Community this summer! Cielo will open at Film Forum August 15th.

CIELO is like SAMSARA meets PARTICLE FEVER…  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.

“Cielo: A beautiful film!! Photography, sound, structure, subject matter - enough to lift the spirits out of any earthly trough. A moving film in all senses of that word.”

- Walter Murch

“Seen on a big screen, these images — photographed by cinematographer Benjamin Echazarreta — have a transporting power that comes close to approximating what it must be like to actually stand in Atacama, gazing up in awe.”

- Hollywood Reporter

“This is the greatest biopic I've seen this year, Alison McAlpine's look at the Night Sky from the Chilean Desert. Fantastic. CIELO is like SAMSARA meets PARTICLE FEVER… It is very much my jam.”

 - Jordan Hoffman

Coming Soon: The Silk and the Flame

We just announced our acquisition out of Berlin of THE SILK AND THE FLAME, which is available for festival bookings with theatrical to follow in the fall after its NYC premier. If you would like a preview link, please give me a shout: elizabeth@junofilms.com. It is headed next to the Jerusalem International Film Festival. 

THE SILK AND THE FLAME chronicles Yao’s journey home from Beijing to his familial home in the provinces for the Chinese New Year. Nearing forty and still single, he returns to visit his deaf-mute mother and invalid father, whose dying wish is to see his son wedded to the right woman and starting a family of his own. Yao, a closeted homosexual, would prefer to find the right man. He has done well in the capital and supports his parents, his elder brother and his brother's children. His professional achievements have earned the family's respect further fueling their dismay that he is still a bachelor.  Ever the dutiful son, he finds himself sacrificing his own needs in order to fulfill their expectations.

The film is an intimate look into everyday life in China, where the economic boom of the cities stands in stark contrast to the poverty experienced by those living in the countryside. Schiele uses stark black-and-white photography to provide a fascinating and subtle narrative that reveals how deeply entrenched the Confucian values that shape Chinese society are, the legacy of the social tumult of the twentieth century, and the family’s own battle with the simple means of communication that most of us take for granted. The film offers an intimate portrait of familial bonds, of traditional values and the pressure to conform.

Among the precious few highlights screened in the Panorama section, Jordan Schiele’s The Silk and the Flame (2018) reminded us that documentary can be a vehicle for great storytelling. Yao, a Beijing resident nearing forty, returns to his home village for Chinese New Year to visit his deaf-mute mother and invalid father, whose dying wish is to see his son wed. Yao, however, is gay and has no plans on getting married. Rather than hammering out an ethical argument, Schiele uses stark black-and-white photography to evince a fascinating and subtle narrative that reveals how deeply entrenched all his subjects are in China’s tumultuous history of the past century, the Confucian values that shape that society, and their own battles with the simple means of communication that most of us take for granted.

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And don't forget to bring ONE MIND: A ZEN PILGRIMAGE to your community!

Audiences in NYC, Boulder and elsewhere have discovered the meditative beauty of Chan Buddhism practiced in China for millenia. ONE MINDcaptures life in China's oldest Buddhist monastery and will delight all who seek. Filmmaker Ted Burger is available for Skype Q&As.

Preview screeners are available for all films. Please contact elizabeth@junofilms.com to request a link or more information.

Best,

Elizabeth