Beyond This Place

  • Switzerland

Beyond This Place is a story about love - the story of Kaleo La Belle (Writer/Director) and his failed relationship with his unwavering '60s hippie father, Cloud Rock. Trying to understand what Cloud Rock means when he says, "I love you" after being absent for 30 years, Kaleo struggles to place "this fucking love" he feels for a father who was never there.

Cloud Rock was a hippie pioneer on Maui and became an icon for his own alternative lifestyle. "Stoned for 40 years" is how Cloud Rock describes his life. Taking drugs and intense cycling are the only things to which Cloud Rock has remained faithful.

Now a father himself, Kaleo challenges his eccentric father to a cycling tour through the Pacific Northwestern United States, to Spirit Lake at the foot of Mt. St. Helens, which erupted 30 years ago, the year of their separation.

This journey together is demanding - both physically and emotionally. There is no place to hide as the layers of their relationship, pre-conceptions and history are revealed.

The dialog is like a sparring match, in which, through his ideologies, Cloud Rock skillfully tries to turn the fault for his absence on his son. The drugs, the free lifestyle and the ideologies - are the ideas of the '60s generation responsible for Cloud Rock's absence or is this just who Cloud Rock is? What begins as a question about ideologies becomes a complex look at relationships, genealogy, and personal beliefs concluding with two individuals struggling to find a common thread in their love for each other.

In a parallel journey searching for explanations for his father's choice to be absent - a position that Cloud Rock refutes - Kaleo meets Cloud Rock's Maui hippie friends, his ex-hippie mother, and Cloud Rock's other estranged son who Kaleo never knew.

Soulful and poetic, “Beyond This Place” offers an intersting window into a generation of children who grew up as children of hippies. At the same time, it explores forgiveness, acceptance and family expectations - specifically in the father-son relationship, the unique bond that combines love, acceptance, frustration and misunderstanding in equal measure, and undeniably one of the greatest factors influencing the man one becomes.

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  • Original Title
    Beyond This Place
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Kaleo La Belle
  • Cinematography
    Kaleo La Belle
  • Editing
    Tania Stöcklin
  • Music
    Sufjan Stevens and Ray Raposa
  • Sound
    Stephan Heiniger
  • Runtime
    95 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • National Premier | April 2010 | Visions du Réel - International Competition | Nyon, Switzerland| Winner of the "Prix Création" for the most innovative Swiss Film
    • International Premier | May 2010 | Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival | Toronto, Canada
    • Polish Premier | June 2010 | Krakow Film Festival - In Competition | Krakow, Poland
    • Irish Premier | June 2010 | Guth Gafa Film Festival | Donegal, Ireland
  • Awards
    • 2010 winner of the "Prix Création" at Visions du Réel for the most innovative Swiss film is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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