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The Visit

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Original title
The Visit
Year
Running time
90 min.
Country
Denmark Denmark
Director
Screenwriter
Michael Madsen
Music
Karsten Fundal
Cinematography
Heikki Färm
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Denmark-Austria-Finland-Ireland-Norway; Magic Hour Films ApS / Mouka Filmi Oy
Genre
Documentary | Science Documentary. Aliens
Official Site
http://www.geyrhalterfilm.com/en/the_visit
Synopsis / Plot
This film documents an event that has never taken place - man's first encounter with intelligent life from space", but ever since the invention of radio, humans have been sending signals into space, announcing their existence to other civilizations. With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, the military, and experts from leading space agencies, the film explores a first contact scenario, 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? A journey beyond a terrestrial perspective, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced not only to confront alien life forms, but also its own self image.

THE VISIT is a documentary with comedy elements, and a philosophical exploration of our fear of strangers through the ultimate threat to our self-image: The discovery of Alien Intelligent Life. In Vienna lies the UN-city, with its late 1970’s architecture and its extra-territorial status not unlike a giant spacecraft that has landed in the middle of the civilized world. Inside this impressive institution representing our belief in humanity, resides the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs – the OOSA. THE VISIT opens with a close-up of an animal. It instinctively reacts to something unknown. Inside the OOSA, a phone rings. Deputy Director-General, astro-physicist, Dr. Mazlan Othman, is informed that an alien has arrived...
Awards
2015: Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Documentary Competition
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