Scene from the film Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Scene from the film Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Scene from the film Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
Scene from the film Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

Direction
Year 
2009
Country
  • Canada
Runtime
43min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler's "Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands" offers an unparalleled view of the world's largest industrial, capital and energy project. Canada's tar sands are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting the crude oil called bitumen from underneath unspoiled wilderness requires a massive industrialized effort with far-reaching impacts on the land, air, water, and climate. It's an extraordinary spectacle, whose scope can only be understood from far above. In a hypnotic flight of image and sound, one machine's perspective upon the choreography of others, suggests a dehumanized world where petroleum's power is supreme.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Mettler
  • Cinematography
    Ron Chapple
  • Editing
    Roland Schlimme
  • Music
    Gabriel Scotti & Vincent Hänni
  • Sound
    Roland Schlimme & Peter Mettler
  • Runtime
    43 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
    2009
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production

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