YEAR 2014

SECTION World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Denmark/Austria/Ireland/Finland/Norway

RUN TIME 83 min

Ever since the invention of radio and television, humans have been sending signals into outer space, announcing their existence to other civilizations. The Visit documents an event that has never taken place: humans’ first encounter with intelligent life from another world. Through tantalizing interviews with experts from NASA, United Nations, and the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, among many others, acclaimed Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen constructs a chillingly believable scenario of first contact on Earth, 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? The implications unfold within a mind-bending landscape of everyday sights and sounds that Madsen succeeds in turning bizarre and extraordinary, as if seen through the eyes of a life form exploring our planet for the first time. The Visit takes viewers on a journey beyond their terrestrial perspective, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced to confront alien life forms that may or may not view us as a threat. —H.V.

COMPANY Autlook Filmsales

WEBSITE http://autlookfilmsales.com

EMAIL salma@autlookfilms.com

PHONE +43 676 900 3771


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Artist Bio

Michael Madsen is a conceptual artist and director of the award-winning Into Eternity (2010). Recent films include Halden Prison, in 3-D, and part of Cathedrals of Culture, initiated by Wim Wenders. In addition, Madsen has been guest lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the National Film School of Denmark, the University of California. University of Western Sydney, and the London School of Architecture. Workshops include ”Workshop For Individuals With Absolutely No Idea For A Film.”