We’ve been fantasizing about an extraterrestrial visit for decades, but what would happen if it actually took place? How would we cope? Should we be afraid? These and many other questions are addressed in this philosophical film about a hypothetical initial contact with aliens. Scientists and space affairs specialists at the UN and NASA and in the British government cooperate in this cinematic simulation of the undoubtedly exciting meeting between extraterrestrial life and humanity. The interviewees speak directly to the unknown entities as if they’ve already arrived. From their own fields – politics, theology, sociology, biology or space science – they ask probing questions. What are you doing here? Do you have a sense of right and wrong? Do you carry bacteria that could make us sick? Are we hazardous to your immune system? Information specialists in the British government show how a first summit in this situation could go. How do you inform the public? Will countries work together? Is there a danger involved? Above all, the alien visit raises questions about the relation between our own history of exploration, colonization and warfare, and the expectations with which we approach the unknown.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2015
Production country:
Denmark
Co production country:
Ireland
Austria
Norway
Finland
Release date (national):
2015-09-02
Release date (international):
2015-09-02
Production company:
Magic Hour Films
Co production company:
Mouka Filmi
Indie Film AS
Geyrhalter Film
Venom Productions
Producer:
Lise Lense-Møller
Co producer:
Sami Jahnukainen
Michael Kitzberger
Andrew Freedman
Carsten Aanonsen
Sales agent:
Autlook Filmsales GmbH

Director

  • Michael Madsen

    Born 1971, Denmark. Conceptual artist, director of documentaries, and works also within music, art and sound production.

    Michael Madsen made the awardwinning To Damascus - a Film on Interpretation (2005). Madsen's film about a depository for nuclear waste Into Eternity (2009) was winner of CPH:DOX Audience Award, IDFA's Green Screen Award, and the Grand Prix at Visions du Réel in Nyon, along with a dozen more international awards.

    Michael Madsen

Crew

Director:
Michael Madsen
Cinematographer:
Heikki Färm
Editor:
Stefan Sundlöf
Nathan Nugent
Composer:
Karsten Fundal
Sound engineer:
Peter Albrechtsen
Øivind Weingaarde

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Length in mins:
85'
Language:
English

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