el Documental del mes December 2015


Michael Madsen

2014 83 min.

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Technical specs

    • Directed by: Michael Madsen
    • Cinematography: Heikki Färm
    • Edited by: Nathan Nugent, Stefan Sundlöf
    • Produced by: Lise Lense-Møller
    • Producer assistant: Carsten Aanonsen, Andrew Freedman, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Sami Jahnukainen, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer
    • Producer Company: Magic Hour Films
    • Suitable for all audiences



Earth may not have been visited by aliens, but ever since the invention of radio and television, humans have been sending signals into outer space, announcing their existence to other civilizations, so the question is not ‘what if’ it happens, but rather ‘when’.  With unprecedented access to everyone from the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs to experts from NASA, ISU (International Space University), the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, and military advisors, the film builds up a chillingly believable scenario of first contact on Earth, beginning with the simplest of questions: Why are you here? How do you think? What do you see in humans that we don’t see in ourselves? The implications unfold within a mind-bending landscape of everyday sights and sounds turned bizarre and extraordinary, as if seen through the eyes of a life form exploring our planet for the first time. Acclaimed film director, Michael Madsen, takes viewers on a journey beyond their terrestrial perspective and into the unknown, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced not only to confront alien life forms that may or may not view us as a threat, but also its own self image and the most difficult questions of all:  “Who are we?”

About direction (Michael Madsen)

Michael Madsen is a conceptual artist and director of the multiple award-winning “Into Eternity” (2010). Recent films include “Halden Prison”, in 3D and part of “Cathedrals of Culture” initiated by Wim Wenders. In addition, Michael has been guest lecturer at a.o. The Royal Danish Academy of Art, The Danish Film School, University of California. University of Western Sydney, School of Architecture, London. Workshops include ”Workshop For Individuals With Absolutely No Idea For A Film”.

Awards & Festivals

  • Sitges Film Festival. Spain, 2015
  • Hot Docs. Canada, 2015
  • Sundance. United States , 2015
  • SXSW. United States, 2015
  • Visions du Reel. Switzerland, 2015