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Country: CANADA, SWITZERLAND
Run Time: 82 minutes
There is no greater joy than to see the world through a child’s eyes. But it is even more enchanting to see it through the eyes of ALPHÉE OF THE STARS, a five-year-old sparkle of light. At birth she was diagnosed with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, a rare genetic disorder affecting the body’s growth and development. Determined to give her an environment where she can freely explore and learn at her own pace, the family decides to take a year away from their busy city lives, traveling to a remote village in Switzerland. Complete with “The Sound of Music” hills and mountains, castles, and church steeples, we follow Alphée as she discovers nature all around her—the brush of petals against her face, an imaginary friend who lives in the trees, the crunch of the Alps snow beneath her feet. It is impossible not to fall in love with her infectious giggling and curious spirit. Set against a visually breathtaking backdrop, ALPHÉE OF THE STARS is a beautiful poem—a father’s love note to his daughter. (In French with subtitles) —A.L.P.
Éric de Gheldere, Hugo Latulippe, Colette Loumède
Hugo Latulippe, Philippe Lavalette
Hugo Latulippe is a writer, director, and producer who has won numerous awards. He was a member of the Governing Council of the Film Festival on Human Rights in Montréal and is the cofounder and artistic director of Esperamos Films, Inc.
"Bacon, le film" (2001), "What Remains of Us" (2004), "Maestro" (2005), ALPHÉE OF THE STARS (2012)
National Film Board of Canada
This film is presented with the generous support of DEBRA S. GOLD, in honor of her father, RONALD A. GOLD, an enthusiastic supporter of the CIFF since its beginning and a film aficionado extraordinaire!
This film is presented in loving memory of COLLEEN PORTER.