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The Farthest

Panorama | Documentaries

A triumph of human ambition, the Voyager launch put two spacecraft into the great beyond, where they remain to this day. Created to transmit pictures and data, the vessels have exceeded all expectations of travel, and they represent one of the greatest achievements in space exploration. This loving, informative and—yes—heartwarming film documents the endeavour with CGI graphics, found footage, interviews and more.

The illustrations are impressive, and the transmitted images of the cosmos truly stirring, but it’s perhaps the reminiscences of those involved in the mission that register with the most poignancy. The many interviewees speak with both pride and humility—they’re thrilled by their achievement and awed by its scope. The Farthest is a film about heroism and genius, dedication and success, and in these times of political catastrophe and shrunken expectations it feels especially invigorating. It’s the record of a dream come true.

"Awe-inspiring… It’s rare for a film to make one swell with pride about something he or she had no direct hand in, but The Farthest accomplishes that feat with aplomb."—Nick Schager, Variety

Audience Award, Seattle 17

Preceded By: Chasing Stars

Director: Markus Eichenberger / Switzerland, 2017, 7 min.
Dazzling time-lapse panoramas of night skies and spectacular vistas shot high in the Swiss Alps with music by Ludovico Einaudi. Shot over a five year period by VIFF alumnus Markus Eichenberger (Mystic Jungfraujoch, 2015), this is an inspiring encapsulation of the glories and wonders of nature.
Director Emer Reynolds
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 121 mins
Format: DCP
Executive Producer: John Rubin, Keith Potter, Seán B. Carroll, Dennis Liu
Producer: John Murray, Clare Stronge
Cinematographer: Kate McCullough
Editor: Tony Cranstoun
Music: Ray Harman
Production Company: Crossing the Line
Print Source: Crossing the Line Films

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