Aloft is making its North American premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Aloft is a journey through the power of the mind, a journey that forces us to confront the immensity of such concepts as love, order, chaos and faith. Sony Pictures Classics will release Aloft in the spring of 2015.
A mother who abandons her child for the common good; a son who abandons himself and his own ability to feel in order to bear the weight of tragedy; and a woman who abandons her life to follow her one obsession of curing herself. Three characters - complicated, human, flawed – reveal themselves to us, reflecting on the difficult balance of creating a full life while assuming its fragility and uncertainties. Three characters whose belief will channel the life and light within them; whose faith and pragmatism open themselves to self-realization and understanding.
As we follow a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and her son (Cillian Murphy), we delve into a past marred by an accident that tears them apart. She will become a renowned artist and healer, and he will grow into his own and a peculiar falconer who bears the marks of a double absence. In the present, a young journalist (Mélanie Laurent) will bring about an encounter between the two that puts the very meaning of life and art into question, so that we may contemplate the possibility of living life to its fullest, despite the uncertainties littering our paths.
Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Mélanie Laurent star in this character-driven and mythic film. Set in the immense, raw beauty of the Arctic north, Claudia Llosa jumps between the past and present to weave a magical and otherworldly tale of loss, grief, and forgiveness.
Nana Kunning (Jennifer Connelly) explores that concept through her acts, aware that the exploration is not to be found in the piece of art (the object) itself, but in the process of its creation. Untitled forces the viewer into that journey. The same journey that Ivan, her son, (Cillian Murphy) will embark upon to find her. A journey to the infinite, into the absolute whiteness where there is nowhere to hide. A journey back to ourselves.
The director of Aloft, Claudia Llosa, was born in Lima, Peru, on November 15th, 1976. She is a director, screenwriter and producer. In addition, she studied Information Sciences at the University of Lima, and later completed a Masters in Scriptwriting at the TAI school of Madrid. Her debut film, “Madeinusa,” premiered in official competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and won several international awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize of International Critics in Rotterdam, and the award for Best Latin American Film at the Malaga Film Festival.
Source: Sony Pictures Classics