Calling E.T.

  • Prosper de Roos
  • Netherlands
  • 2008
  • 67 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
All over the world, scientists and amateurs are actively looking for intelligent forms of extraterrestrial life. Some combine forces in the international organisation SETI, which scans the ether with enormous, professional satellite dishes and global computer networks in search of signals from outer space. Others do it on their own, with homemade dishes in their backyards. Linguists examine the question of how we could communicate with alien life forms, while theologians contemplate the potential religious consequences of things.
In his circumspect documentary, Prosper de Roos follows a broad selection from this highly divergent group of people. In between scenes of these people at work and in interviews, De Roos intersperses poetic shots of starry skies, and especially of terrestrial landscapes. Although Calling E.T. deals with the search for extraterrestrial life, in the end De Roos is chiefly interested in life on earth. By sheer virtue of their uniform concept of alien life rows of identical Martians the researchers expose the fragmented society of earthlings. This also has its consequences for the quest, from the international bickering about who will address possible visitors to the exclusion of a Russian scientist from the supposedly independent SETI.

Credits

  • 67 min
  • color
  • video
  • Spoken languages: Dutch, English, Italian, Russian
Director
Prosper de Roos
Production
Frank van den Engel for Zeppers Film & TV
Co-production
PLU Films
Cinematography
Rob Hodselmans
Editing
Jos Driessen, Govert Janse

IDFA history

2008
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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