115 minutes – Drama Release date: June 5, 2014 Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media
Aloft centres on Nana Kunning (Jennifer Connelly) whose life is quickly revealed to be anything but her own and she seems the pawn to the whims and desires of the men around her and to her two sons, particularly the older of the two, Ivan (Cillian Murphy). In a story that weaves past and present in seamless story lines, the film explores a past marred by an accident and a present that teeters on madness. Kunning will become a renowned artist and healer, and Ivan will grow into his own continuing his passion as a falconer. 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. A Spain-Canada-France coproduction that was shot in rural Manitoba, the landscape and frozen locations, the drone-like music and languid camera style may remind you of several Ingmar Bergman explorations, with the starkness and white-outs often providing a dreamlike quality to the film from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa.
Jennifer Connelly Zen McGrath Cillian Murphy Mélanie Laurent William Shimell Winta McGrath Peter McRobbie Ian Tracey Mike Bell Bobby Stahr Darryl Hogg Graham Ashmore Tom Anniko Susan Kelso Ellen Gale Erika Marxx Janet Taylor Pete Hudson Sarah Constible Benjamin Slugoski Walters Andy Murray Nancy Drake Christopher Sigurdson Oona Chaplin Carson Nattrass
Nana Kunning Ivan (age 10) Ivan (age 31) Jania Ressemore Architect Newman Gully Ike Hans Ronald (Driver – Pick-Up) Man in Wheelchair Old Man (Camping Area) Redheaded Man (Camping Area) Man #1 (Camping Area) Woman #1 (Camping Area) Woman #2 (Camping Area) Woman #3 (Camping Area) Old Woman (Camping Area) Man #3 (Camping Area) Mother of Timothy Timothy Lance (Large Truck Owner) Woman In Lance’s Truck Man In Lance’s Truck Alice Officer – Local Town