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YEAR 2014

SECTION Spotlight

COUNTRY Spain/France/Canada

RUN TIME 97 min

LANGUAGE English/French

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

Premiering at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, Aloft tells the story of an abandoned son searching for his mother.

As a boy, Ivan's mother, Nana, desperately seeks treatment to cure her youngest son, Gully, who has a terminal illness. Ivan, often scolded for not supporting his brother, retreats to falconry. When Nana follows a healing guru, the Architect, and Ivan's falcon destroys his restorative tent of twigs, Nana discovers that she also has the healing touch. Encouraged by the Architect, she starts treating other people's children, ultimately leading to a devastating consequence. Flashing forward, Ivan has his own family and continues to raise falcons. When a French documentary filmmaker comes to him with information about his mother's now ample following, Ivan decides to accompany the woman on a trek to the Arctic Circle to reunite with his mother.

Jennifer Connelly (Nana) and Cillian Murphy (Ivan) give breathtaking performances in this character-driven and mythic film. With exquisite cinematography and stunning landscapes, Claudia Llosa jumps between the past and present to weave a magical and otherworldly tale of loss, grief, and forgiveness. —R.K.

EMAIL Maya_Anand@spe.sony.com

COMPANY Sony Pictures Classics

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Artist Bio

Claudia Llosa was born in Lima, Peru, in 1976, where she studied information science and then screenwriting at Escuela TAI in Madrid, Spain. She began her career in advertising and television before founding her own production company. Llosa's second film, screened at the Berlinale in 2009 and won the Golden Bear for Best Film. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.