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What do we seek when we stare at infinity? In a corner of Entre Ríos, on the Paraná river bank, a mother and a daughter spend their nights looking at the sky in search of alien life. This documentary follows them in their adventures and plunges into the large amount of archive material gathered throughout decades of research. And, little by little, it also opens the door to fiction. How can we talk about extraterrestrials without thinking of how cinema gave shape to our fantasies? Luminum invites us to wonder not so much what happens in other planets but, rather, what’s happening in this one —what does this search, which has lasted a lifetime, entail? There’s a reason why, on many occasions, the camera chooses to remain with the characters instead of looking at the stars. Perhaps, in film as much as in ufology, running after images is just another way of finding ourselves
Maximiliano Schonfeld was born in Crespo, Entre Ríos, in 1982. He studied Film and TV at the National University of Córdoba and graduated from ENERC. His features include The Black Frost (2015, winner of the WIP section of the 30th Festival), Sleeping Tiger (2016, 31st Festival) and Jesús López (2021, 36th Festival).