SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival 2020

14.10 - 18.10.2020, Halle (Saale)

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival - from 14.10. to 18.10.2020
With a diverse program of films, lectures, and exhibitions, the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival is focusing on the many aspects of planet earth. The free audience program is accompanied by the international SILBERSALZ conference at the renowned National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

For the first time, the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards – in cooperation with Jackson Wild – will also honor creative and stimulating media projects in science communication.
 The award ceremony will be streamed live on 15.10. at 20:00 on our Facebook profile. All nominated films at a glance: nominees.

* The health of our visitors, speakers and the team is our top priority. All events are carried out within the current COVID-19 regulations of the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the city of Halle (Saale). *

Wed 14 October

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The Biggest Little Farm I School Cinema

Documentary I John Chester I USA I 2018 I 92 Min I 

A big city couple wants to start a farm in the country. This cannot go well. Or can it? John Chester documents his farm life from forest fire worries to piglet happiness.

 

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Unsere große kleine Farm I Schulkino

Documentary I John Chester I USA I 2018 I 92 Min I 

A big city couple wants to start a farm in the country. This cannot go well. Or can it? John Chester documents his farm life from forest fire worries to piglet happiness.

 

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Join the World Climate Conference!

To represent a nation or region and influence world politics. We re-enact the world climate conference. Supported by an interactive computer model, which simultaneously calculates how the negotiated measures affect the climate (temperature, sea level, [...]

Thu 15 October

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Jawline I Schulkino

Documentary I Liza Mandelup I USA I 2019 I 99 Min I OV with German subtitles

Austyn Tester has more than 20,000 followers on Instagram. But offline, his life is difficult. A documentary about growing up and the current version of the "American Dream". [...]

Into the Arctic Ice I Exclusive Preview

Photo exhibition I Esther Horvath I Germany I 2020 I Exclusive Preview

Award-winning photographer Esther Horvath has documented MOSAiC expedition in the Central Arctic Ocean for months.[...]

On the deck of the Polarstern, Esther Horvath has captured not only the most significant moments of the largest Arctic Ocean scientific research to collect datas about climate change, but also the daily life of the crew in the Arctic and extraordinary polar landscapes[...]

Workshop: Production of soap and cosmetics with hemp.

The INNOmobil of the Merseburg University is running a workshop with us with the BioEnergiePlus project: Production of soap and cosmetics with hemp.[...]

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Jawline I Schulkino

Documentary I Liza Mandelup I USA I 2019 I 99 Min I OV with German subtitles

Austyn Tester has more than 20,000 followers on Instagram. But offline, his life is difficult. A documentary about growing up and the current version of the "American Dream". [...]

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Burgshop I Art and Design MADE IN BURG

Art and Design MADE IN BURG

The Burgshop - the shop window of the Burg Giebichenstein art academy resounds - presents Design products and works of art MADE IN CASTLE at the SILVER SALT festival of this year. In the empty department store beside the Ulrichkirche resounds you can buy beautiful, useful and guaranteed unique, arranged of studying and Absolvent*innen of the CASTLE. [...]

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Jawline

Documentary I Liza Mandelup I USA I 2019 I 99 Min I OV with German subtitles

Austyn Tester has more than 20,000 followers on Instagram. But offline, his life is difficult. A documentary about growing up and the current version of the "American Dream". [...]

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LAN-Party with E-Sports Halle and Simon

Whether you want to experience the charm of the classic "Stronghold" or modern titles like "Super Mario Bros. - at a LAN party there is something for everyone.

Here you can meet other interested gamers* and put your skills to the test in competition. [...]

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The Human Element

Documentary I Matthew Testa I USA I 2018 I 80 Min I OV with German subtitles

The four elements water, earth, fire and air have long since been joined by a fifth: Man. Impressive images of natural disasters that influence mankind and are man-made at the same time. [...]

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Borealis

You have never been to Northern Europe? You have never seen northern lights? With the installation by Dan Acher, this colorful natural phenomenon can now be seen in Halle [...]

 

Archi Bio - Microscopic life supersized

Installation I Andrej Boleslavsky I Czech Republic

This installation is not for the faint-hearted: Andrej Boleslavsky projects bacteria, fungi, and ants meter-sized onto the walls of the Moritzburg.[...]

 

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SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards Show

Award ceremony of the first "SILBERSALZ Science Media Awards"! With the world-famous android Sophia as presenter and many international Science YouTuber: Kyle Hill, Vanessa Hill, Antariksha Sanchar, Hashem Al-Ghaili and Kidmental. You can watch the show still @facebook ! All Winners [...]

 

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The Reason I Jump | Preview Screening

Documentary I Jerry Rothwell I UK I 2020 I 82 Min I OV with German subtitles

When Naoki Higashida wrote about his life as an autistic – even though he cannot speak – the book became a bestseller. Jerry Rothwell has now made a documentary based on it. [...]

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Wildcard To SCI-FI London

SciFi Short Films I Curated by Louis Savy I Various I 2020 I 98 Min I OV

The connection between real science and fiction is essential to hold a mirror up to current socio-political, economic and environmental issues, as well as play with possible outcomes from our choices and the advancement of technology.

Fri 16 October

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Stars by the Pound I Schulkino

Fiction I Marie-Sophie Chambon I France I 2018 I 88 Min I OV with German subtitles

Lois is heavily overweight. But in her dreams, the 16-year-old can fly: she is determined to become an astronaut. A plan that can hardly be realized. Until Lois finds new friends. [...]

 

Expedition Arktis I Exklusive Vorpremiere

Photo exhibition I Esther Horvath I Germany I 2020 I Exclusive Preview

Award-winning photographer Esther Horvath has documented MOSAiC expedition in the Central Arctic Ocean for months.[...]

On the deck of the Polarstern, Esther Horvath has captured not only the most significant moments of the largest Arctic Ocean scientific research to collect datas about climate change, but also the daily life of the crew in the Arctic and extraordinary polar landscapes[...]

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Sea of Shadows I Schulkino

Documentary I Richard Ladkani I AU I 2019 I 104 Min I OV with German subtitles

Have you ever seen a vaquita? No? Then hurry, because soon it might be too late. The whale species is threatened with extinction because drug cartels are destroying its habitat. [...]

 

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Burgshop I Art and Design MADE IN BURG

Art and Design MADE IN BURG

The Burgshop - the shop window of the Burg Giebichenstein art academy resounds - presents Design products and works of art MADE IN CASTLE at the SILVER SALT festival of this year. In the empty department store beside the Ulrichkirche resounds you can buy beautiful, useful and guaranteed unique, arranged of studying and Absolvent*innen of the CASTLE. [...]

Winner - Homeland Earth Audience Award I Anthropocene: Rise of Humans

A new era has begun: the Anthropocene. With 7 billion human beings alive today, we have become a force of nature in our own right, able to change the planet and life on it, even determine the nature of our influence. Far from doom and gloom, this optimistic, stunning and revealing portrait of our planet and its human inhabitants is about presenting fascinating, cutting-edge scientific and societal solutions to the greatest challenge of our time: the nature of the human impact on Planet Earth.[...]

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Theater meets Science in Digital Space.

Three virtual pinboards on the subject of climate. 

The interactive exhibition shows the results of the work of students from the Lyonel-Feiniger-Gymnasium, based on virtual pinboards on the subject of climate.[...]

 

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EARTH

Documentary I Nikolaus Geyrhalter I Austria I 2019 I 115 Min I OV with German subtitles

Billions of tons of earth are moved by humans every year - raw materials are extracted, plains are cut into mountains, tunnels are drilled. A journey to the largest construction sites in the world with a look at the consequences. [...]

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Now I Preview Screening

Documentary I Jim Rakete I Germany I 2020 I 79 Min I OV with German subtitles

Whatever must happen to stop climate change, it must happen now! Greta Thunberg and other young people make this clear time and again. How will the protests develop? [...]

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Borealis

You have never been to Northern Europe? You have never seen northern lights? With the installation by Dan Acher, this colorful natural phenomenon can now be seen in Halle [...]

 

Archi Bio - Mikroskopisches Leben übergroß

Installation I Andrej Boleslavsky I Czech Republic

This installation is not for the faint-hearted: Andrej Boleslavsky projects bacteria, fungi, and ants meter-sized onto the walls of the Moritzburg.[...]

 

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A discussion at the interface between activism, climate change, fiction and society

Frank Schätzing, bestselling author I Carla Reemtsma, Fridays for Future activist I Petra Ahne, editor, Berliner Zeitung

They are called climate rebels, but is it really rebellious to demand that politicians* listen to scientific evidence and address the climate goals? A discussion at the intersection of activism, climate change, Science fiction, and society. [...]

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Fighting for the truth / Terra X: A case for Lesch and Steffens I World Premiere

Documentary  I Stefan Schneider I Germany I 2020 I 45 Min I German

What happens when conspiracy theories suddenly seem as legitimate as scientific facts? Astrophysicist Harald Lesch and TV presenter Dirk Steffens explain why we have to act now. [...]

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The Columnist

Fiction I Ivo Van Aart I The Netherlands I 2019 I 84 Min I OV with German subtitles

"Stop reading the comments!" advises her friend. But columnist Femke Boot reads everything that people want her to read on the Internet. Until she herself becomes a fury. [...]

Sat 17 October

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Theater trifft Wissenschaft im Digitalen Raum.

Three virtual pinboards on the subject of climate. 

The interactive exhibition shows the results of the work of students from the Lyonel-Feiniger-Gymnasium, based on virtual pinboards on the subject of climate.[...]

 

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Game Convention „Halle of Games“: Climate Change – Trial & Error

Can games make the world a better place?

Convention packed with workshops, lectures, and an exhibition about the diversity and potential of digital, analog, thoughtful, and experimental games. [...]

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In the Quarry of Time

At the Abyss of Time I Guided Tour I Geology Exhibition I Franckesche Stiftungen I 60 Min

What stones tell us about our past and future? Where does this knowledge come from? In the distant future, if living creatures had decided to investigate what has shaped our present life, and dig through sediment layers, what would have they found? What materials, remains, residues, minerals would they discover? What would they call our present Earth era? [...]

Expedition Arktis I Exklusive Vorpremiere

Photo exhibition I Esther Horvath I Germany I 2020 I Exclusive Preview

Award-winning photographer Esther Horvath has documented MOSAiC expedition in the Central Arctic Ocean for months.[...]

On the deck of the Polarstern, Esther Horvath has captured not only the most significant moments of the largest Arctic Ocean scientific research to collect datas about climate change, but also the daily life of the crew in the Arctic and extraordinary polar landscapes[...]

Book Signing "Über Leben" | with Dirk Steffens and Fritz Habekuß

Dirk Steffens and Fritz Habekuß are signing their book "Über Leben: Zukunftsfrage Artensterben: Wie wir die Ökokrise überwinden".

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Burgshop I Art and Design MADE IN BURG

Art and Design MADE IN BURG

The Burgshop - the shop window of the Burg Giebichenstein art academy resounds - presents Design products and works of art MADE IN CASTLE at the SILVER SALT festival of this year. In the empty department store beside the Ulrichkirche resounds you can buy beautiful, useful and guaranteed unique, arranged of studying and Absolvent*innen of the CASTLE. [...]

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Sea of Shadows

Documentary I Richard Ladkani I AU I 2019 I 104 Min I OV with German subtitles

Have you ever seen a vaquita? No? Then hurry, because soon it might be too late. The whale species is threatened with extinction because drug cartels are destroying its habitat. [...]

 

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Granting Nature Legal Rights: a path towards a balance between people and the natural world?

Fritz Habekuß, Editor at ZEIT, Author I Dirk Steffens (Terra X), Host, Science Journalist, Nature Filmmaker

What if we invite the river to take a seat in the courtroom?
The impact and the price that nature, and ultimately we humans, pay as a result of excessive exploitation and ruthless economic interests is becoming increasingly clear. More and more court rulings and laws around the world are granting rights to nature in order to protect and preserve it. A case study from the South down the Mississippi River [...]

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Saaleexpedition: Forschung im Fluss auf der MS Halle.Science

Saaleexpedition: Research in the river

Boat tour around Blue Bioeconomy with Germany's 1st Citizens Research Ship "Make Science Halle"[...]

 

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On Board of Polarstern

Insights into the world largest Arctic Expedition MOSAiC.
Experience the multidisciplinary nature of science, and storytelling, featuring the most unpredictable forces of nature at the epicenter of global warming.[...]

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Stars by the Pound

Fiction I Marie-Sophie Chambon I France I 2018 I 88 Min I OV with German subtitles

Lois is heavily overweight. But in her dreams, the 16-year-old can fly: she is determined to become an astronaut. A plan that can hardly be realized. Until Lois finds new friends. [...]

 

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Saaleexpedition: Research in the river on the MS Halle.Science

Saaleexpedition: Forschung im Fluss
Bootstour rund um Blaue Bioökonomie mit Deutschlands 1. Bürgerforschungsschiff „Make Science Halle“

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Winner - Inspiring Change Award I My Octopus Teacher

A filmmaker decides one day that he has to change something in his life and starts diving. In a forest of algae off the coast of South Africa, he meets an octopus female that immediately casts a spell on him. An unusual friendship develops between the two of them and the fascinating sea creature shows him the wonders of his unique underwater world every day anew.[...]

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Requiem for a Forest

Theaterplay I Das Theater des Anthropozän I Germany 2020 I 120 Min

A journey into the forests of prehistoric days, present and future.

The staged reading "Requiem for a Forest" pursues the forest motif from myth to poetry and songs to contemporary literature. These poetic contributions will be accompanied by registers and prose passages with tips for everyday life. Furthermore, the two scientists Antje Boetius and Kathrin Möller will report on the origins and the global function of the forest ecosystem as well as the current threats that it faces, especially in Germany.[...]

Archi Bio - Mikroskopisches Leben übergroß

Installation I Andrej Boleslavsky I Czech Republic

This installation is not for the faint-hearted: Andrej Boleslavsky projects bacteria, fungi, and ants meter-sized onto the walls of the Moritzburg.[...]

 

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Borealis

You have never been to Northern Europe? You have never seen northern lights? With the installation by Dan Acher, this colorful natural phenomenon can now be seen in Halle [...]

 

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Rebuilding Paradise | German Premiere

Documentary I Ron Howard I USA I 2020 I 95 Min I OV with German subtitles

The fire comes and within hours more than 80 people are dead, 50,000 lose their homes: Ron Howard's film documents a catastrophe. And shows people who develop almost superhuman powers. [...]

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The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale | German Premiere

Fiction I Lee Min-jae I South Korea I 2019 I 112 Min I OV with English subtitles

Zombies can be useful too, just don't be afraid of them! In any case, the unexpected encounter with a zombie is just what the Park family needs to start a weird business model.

 

Sun 18 October

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Game Convention „Halle of Games“: Climate Change – Trial & Error

Can games make the world a better place?

Convention packed with workshops, lectures, and an exhibition about the diversity and potential of digital, analog, thoughtful, and experimental games. [...]

Expedition Arktis I Exklusive Vorpremiere

Photo exhibition I Esther Horvath I Germany I 2020 I Exclusive Preview

Award-winning photographer Esther Horvath has documented MOSAiC expedition in the Central Arctic Ocean for months.[...]

On the deck of the Polarstern, Esther Horvath has captured not only the most significant moments of the largest Arctic Ocean scientific research to collect datas about climate change, but also the daily life of the crew in the Arctic and extraordinary polar landscapes[...]

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Theater trifft Wissenschaft im Digitalen Raum.

Three virtual pinboards on the subject of climate. 

The interactive exhibition shows the results of the work of students from the Lyonel-Feiniger-Gymnasium, based on virtual pinboards on the subject of climate.[...]

 

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Burgshop I Art and Design MADE IN BURG

Art and Design MADE IN BURG

The Burgshop - the shop window of the Burg Giebichenstein art academy resounds - presents Design products and works of art MADE IN CASTLE at the SILVER SALT festival of this year. In the empty department store beside the Ulrichkirche resounds you can buy beautiful, useful and guaranteed unique, arranged of studying and Absolvent*innen of the CASTLE. [...]

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Im Steinbruch der Zeit

At the Abyss of Time I Guided Tour I Geology Exhibition I Franckesche Stiftungen I 60 Min

What stones tell us about our past and future? Where does this knowledge come from? In the distant future, if living creatures had decided to investigate what has shaped our present life, and dig through sediment layers, what would have they found? What materials, remains, residues, minerals would they discover? What would they call our present Earth era? [...]

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Saaleexpedition: Forschung im Fluss auf der MS Halle.Science

Saaleexpedition: Research in the river

Boat tour around Blue Bioeconomy with Germany's 1st Citizens Research Ship "Make Science Halle"[...]

 

Expedition Arktis | Book signing Event | with Esther Horvath

"Measuring a shrinking world - with this aim, the MOSAiC expedition set off for the Arctic, the epicenter of climate change. The impressive pictures by award-winning photographer Esther Horvath document this unique project. [...]

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Winner - Best European Documentary I Riddle of the Bones

Men hunt, women gather—researchers uncover archaeological errors and turn the traditional gender roles upside down. At the turn of the century, archaeologists discovered a tomb with swords, horses, bows and arrows in the Viking city of Birka. No one doubted the identity of this Viking: it was a warrior. But researchers from Stockholm University recently examined the bones using DNA analysis. The result: the grave belongs to a woman [...]

 

 

 

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The Biggest Little Farm

Documentary I John Chester I USA I 2018 I 92 Min I 

A big city couple wants to start a farm in the country. This cannot go well. Or can it? John Chester documents his farm life from forest fire worries to piglet happiness.

 

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Saaleexpedition: Forschung im Fluss auf der MS Halle.Science

Saaleexpedition: Forschung im Fluss
Bootstour rund um Blaue Bioökonomie mit Deutschlands 1. Bürgerforschungsschiff „Make Science Halle“

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Little Girl I Preview Screening

Documentary I Sébastien Lifshitz I France I 2020 I 85 Min I OV with German subtitles

At school, at birthdays and during dance lessons - Sasha is in a bad mood everywhere because she does not fit into traditional thinking patterns due to her transidentity. Where can she and her family get help? [...]

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Science Blind Date - Kreative Begegnungen der Synapsen

Science meets science!
In this unprecedented get-together, two experts of their own field will meet for the very first time, and take you into uncharted territories, at the boundaries of human knowledge. Time to think outside the box, ask venturous questions - that's what science is all about. [...]

 

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The Cave

Documentary I Feras Fayyad I Syria, Denmark, Germany, USA, Qatar I 2019 I 95 Min I OmDU | Recommended age: 12 yrs.

Deep below ground, pediatrician Dr. Amani Ballour and colleagues have set up a secret hospital to be safe from the war. But Ballour's tireless efforts do not please everyone.

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Borealis

You have never been to Northern Europe? You have never seen northern lights? With the installation by Dan Acher, this colorful natural phenomenon can now be seen in Halle [...]

 

Archi Bio - Mikroskopisches Leben übergroß

Installation I Andrej Boleslavsky I Czech Republic

This installation is not for the faint-hearted: Andrej Boleslavsky projects bacteria, fungi, and ants meter-sized onto the walls of the Moritzburg.[...]

 

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Once You Know

Feature film | Emmanuel Cappellin | 104 mins | France | 2020 | OvmEU

An intimate journey across the abyss of a world at the edge of climate-induced collapse. [...]

Winner - Best International Documentary I Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is the astounding, true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer. Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with throughout the scientific world — a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer — but for decades he waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma.
Jim Allison: Breakthrough takes us into the inspiring and dramatic world of cutting-edge medicine, and into the heart of a true American pioneer, in a film that is both emotionally compelling and deeply entertaining.[...]