Image of movie Al amparo del cielo
Image of movie Al amparo del cielo
Image of movie Al amparo del cielo

Al amparo del cielo

Under the Sky Shelter
Diego Acosta Hernández
Chile 2021
70 min

This is not strictly an observational film, though it fulfills the requirements of the sub-genre: a group of men, an ancient activity, animals, a landscape. There are several films about shepherds, and others about scenarios as vast as the Andes, but not many like this. The composition of each shot seems to be born from the meticulous study of light in space, as well as from the love he gives to those he portrays and the sheep they care for, an unusual virtue in the many attempts to transform the cinematographic camera into an instrument of direct and self-sufficient knowledge.
Following the footsteps of the shepherds is an experience in the perception of unexpected optical and sonorous pleasures: the faces of those who live under the shelter of the sky, the infinite panoramic views over the hundreds of sheep, the discovery of the nocturnal glow in the eyes of the animals that is accompanied by a sound concept that varies as the film progresses. Eventually it attains an unclassifiable abstraction in mysterious harmony with the silent, impenetrable rock of the mountain range. The analogue black and white is glorious, and when this chromatic decision is “betrayed”, the beauty in the story shines forth even more brightly. Acosta’s shots offer pure astonishment. (Roger Koza)

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  • Diego Aguilar
  • Nicolas Saldivia
  • Diego Acosta Hernández
  • Sebastián Cifuentes
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