Aloft

Poster art for AloftArtful and enigmatic, this first English feature from Academy Award nominee Claudia Llosa (The Milk Of Sorrow) brings a dream to the screen. In this quietly powerful story that spans decades, a separated family searches for meaning and hope in their own disparate ways.

The tales of a mother and son are told in parallel, and woven together in a way that demonstrates the subjectivity and fragility of time. Jennifer Connelly plays Nana Kunning, a young mother who takes her ailing son Ivan (Zen McGrath) to a spiritual healer, when something goes terribly wrong: the boy’s falcon destroys a fragile structure made of tree branches used in the healing. Nana grows closer to the healer, becoming his deputy. Alienating her family in the process, Nana herself becomes a quasi-cult leader.

Cut to 20 years later and enter Ressmore (Mélanie Laurent), a journalist who’s on a mission to score an interview with Nana. She teams up with the adult Ivan (now played by Cillian Murphy), a troubled young man who longs to find his absent mother. Together, they travel north of the Arctic Circle in search of Nana. Beautifully filmed by Nicolas Bolduc, Aloft blends past with present against the backdrop of a frozen world, creating a landscape both visually and emotionally stunning.

– Ashley Harvey, Tribeca Film Festival