To the Moon

TO THE MOON is a beautiful and poetic cinematic ode to the moon. Made primarily from international cinematic archive in combination with literary fragments and original moonlit cinematography filmed across five continents, TO THE MOON steps lightly through the ages and ideas that people have drawn from the moon to meditate on the fragile and fleeting nature of humanity.

There is perhaps nothing more universal than looking at the moon. As long as humans have walked the earth, our closest heavenly companion has captivated the nightly imagination. A ghostly presence that carries its own monthly death and resurrection, the moon is a melancholy figure – our planet’s barren twin.
And yet it has a deeply joyous aspect – the full glow of its light is a wonder, all the more because of its fleeting nature.
As a canvas for human creativity the moon is unsurpassed – it has been sung to, implored, made woman and man; imagined as the beginning of heaven, the source of love, death, dreams and birth; it has been utopia to our dystopic planet; it has been – rightly and wrongly – held responsible for everything from insanity to fertility, from the tides to the mysterious journey of eels across the oceans; an empty and lifeless rocky globe, we have somehow made it everything to us.
An essay film, TO THE MOON does not seek (nor could it ever achieve) a total cultural history of its subject. Rather it weaves its stories and fragments into a thread that serves as a guide across unexpected and magical terrain. Following the cyclical structure of one complete lunar phase, the film moves through its themes, combining an associative freedom with a controlled narrative style.



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76 min

Tadhg O'Sullivan

Inland Films, Arts Council of Ireland, Screen Ireland, Arte, YLE

Original Language
English, Irish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Estonian, Portuguese, French, German, Swedish, Czech, Norwegian, Farsi, Albanian, Welsh, Italian


Festivals / Awards

Telluride IFF 2020 (cancelled)
Venice Days 2020
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2020
DOK Leipzig 2020
Braunschweig IFF 2020
Dublin IFF 2021 (Best Irish Film 2021)
Sofia IFF 2021
Moscow IFF 2021
CPH:DOX 2021
Vilnius IFF 2021
DOK.fest Munich 2021
DocsBarcelona 2021
New Horizons Wrocław 2021
Mirage IDF 2021
Dinard Festival of British Film 2021
Vancouver IFF 2021
British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg 2021
MIDBO 2021
Denver IFF 2021
Ambulante 2022