Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Visit

Year: 2015
Country: DENMARK, AUSTRIA, IRELAND, FINLAND, NORWAY
Run Time: 83 minutes

The Visit
The Visit
The Visit
The Visit

What if extraterrestrials actually landed on Earth? Michael Madsen’s THE VISIT depicts how various international agencies – the United Nations, the Committee on Space Research, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, NASA, and others – would respond to the presence of an alien life-form in this captivating and unnerving speculative documentary. Faced with the unknown, scientists, ambassadors, government officials, and theologians ask a number of questions about the origins of the alien species, the evolution of its civilization, and the nature of its mission. While aware of the potential for a media blitz, they prepare statements to inform the public without inciting panic. They also consider what questions aliens might ask of humans, and how humanity’s accomplishments and failures might be assessed by outside observers. Madsen pairs stark imagery of landscapes, cityscapes, and laboratories with a haunting soundtrack to evoke the transformative impact of an alien encounter upon the notion of life itself. Are you ready? – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:25 PM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM -
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 6:05 PM

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Director
Michael Madsen

A celebrated documentarian and conceptual artist, Michael Madsen was born in Denmark in 1971. He established the Sound/Gallery, a 900-square meter sound diffusion system in Copenhagen. He also regularly teaches at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the National Film School of Denmark.

Filmography
"Celestial Night: A Film on Visibility" (2003), "Into Eternity" (2010)-35th CIFF, THE VISIT (2015)

Producer
Lise Lense-Møller

Screenwriting
Michael Madsen

Cinematography
Heikki Färm

Editing
Nathan Nugent, Stefan Sundlöf

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