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How to Kill a Cloud
IDFA 2021

How to Kill a Cloud

Tuija Halttunen
Finland, Denmark
2021
81 min
Dutch Premiere
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What if we could control the clouds? It’s a question that energizes the Finnish scientist Hannele Korhonen. She is specialized in geo-engineering—intervening in natural processes to influence the climate. A research grant of 1.5 million dollars, provided by the United Arab Emirates, offers her an opportunity to conduct a study into the artificial generation of rain in the desert.

The camera observes Korhonen, always from some distance. We see her at a conference, joining conversations with her somewhat awkward sense of humor, and making a presentation for the ambassador. The life of a scientist, it turns out, contains a great deal of networking and pitching.

When political interests start playing a more pronounced role, we see her doubts growing. And then there are the ethical dilemmas thrown up by the research itself. Images of clouds drift through Korhonen’s story, while in voiceover we hear reflections about the nature of clouds and humanity’s relationship with them.

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Director
Production
    Niina Virtanen for Wacky Tie Films,
    Pasi Hakkio for Wacky Tie Films
    Niina Virtanen for Wacky Tie Films,
    Pasi Hakkio for Wacky Tie Films
Involved TV Channel
    YLE,
    DR,
    VGTV
    YLE,
    DR,
    VGTV
World Sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales
Screening copy
    Rise and Shine World Sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales

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