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How to Kill a Cloud

Directed by Tuija Halttunen
2021
Finland, Denmark
80 minutes
All Ages
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A Finnish scientist takes on a multimillion-dollar project to make rain in the desert, but soon becomes caught in an ethical dilemma between research, finance and the environment.
Hannele Korhonen, a brilliant Finnish scientist, takes on a multimillion-dollar three-year project funded by the United Arab Emirates, to make rain in the desert. Korhonen sees it as an opportunity to further her research into clouds and their behaviour, and to bring about the seemingly impossible. But creating artificial rain may have unforeseen and unwelcome impacts. It soon becomes clear that her sponsors have their own agenda. Caught in a fiendish dilemma between research, finance, politics and ecosystems, Korhonen's integrity is at risk. A fascinating and highly topical documentary.

Tuija Halttunen's short documentary Heaven and Earth won the main prize at the Tampere Film Festival in 1995, and her documentary Neighbours was nominated for a Prix Europa in 2013.

Shortlisted for the Sustainable Future Award
How did you pitch the project to Korhonen? I told her that I was interested in ethics and the idea of man playing God.
Tuija Halttunen, Screen International interview

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Wed 10 Nov
9:30am
State Theatre
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Sun 14 Nov
1:45pm
Dendy Newtown 2
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Original Title
Näin pilvet kuolevat
Year
2021
Classification
All Ages
Country
Finland, Denmark
Language
In English, Arabic and Finnish with English subtitles
Director
Tuija Halttunen
Producer
Niina Virtanen, Pasi Hakkio
Screenwriter
Tuija Halttunen
Cinematographer
Ville Hakonen
Editor
Jussi Sandhu
Genre
Documentary, Environmental, Focus on Women, Scandinavia, Science & Technology, Women Directors
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Rise and Shine World Sales
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