To The Moon

To the Moon is a beautiful and poetic cinematic ode to our moon. Made primarily from international cinematic archive in combination with literary fragments and original moonlit cinematography filmed across five continents, To The Moon steps lightly through the ages and ideas that people have drawn from the moon to create a meditative work of timeless resonance.

  • Tadhg O'Sullivan
    Director
    The Great Wall, Yximalloo
  • Tadhg O'Sullivan
    Writer
    The Great Wall, Yximalloo
  • Clare Stronge
    Producer
    The Farthest, Shooting the Mafia
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Other
  • Genres:
    Archive, Documentary, Cinema, Poetry, Art, Literature, Culture, Film heritage
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    432,150 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain
  • Language:
    Albanian, Chinese, English, Estonian, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Persian
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm plus mixed archival film
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Giornate degli Autori
    Venice
    Italy
    September 8, 2020
    World
Distribution Information
  • Deckert Distribution
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Tadhg O'Sullivan

Over the last ten years multi-award winning filmmaker Tadhg O'Sullivan has established himself as one of the most singular voices in Irish cinema. Tadhg's two feature documentaries, The Great Wall (2015) and Yximalloo (2014) screened at numerous major film festivals including CPH:DOX, FiD Marseille (where Yximalloo won the Prix Premiere), MOMA Doc Fortnight, IDFA, RIDM Montreal, Dokufest Kosovo, New Horizons Wroclaw and many others. The Great Wall (2015) had an acclaimed cinema release in Ireland and was subsequently screened on MUBI and across a number of European broadcasters.

Bringing a highly artistic sensibility to documentary film, Tadhg has established himself as a multi-skilled artist whose directorial work has dovetailed with remarkable collaborative projects as an editor, sound designer, producer and writer on projects such as Song of Granite (with Pat Collins) which was Ireland's 2017 submission for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars and his most recent collaboration with Feargal Ward on The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, which is enjoying a hugely successful theatrical release currently after a critically acclaimed festival run earlier this year.

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Director Statement

There is perhaps nothing more universal than looking at the moon. As long as humans have walked the earth, our closest heavenly companion has captivated the nightly imagination. A ghostly presence that carries its own monthly death and resurrection, the moon is a melancholy figure - our planet’s barren twin. And yet it has a deeply joyous aspect - the full glow of its light is a wonder, all the more because of its fleeting nature.

Drawing on diverse archival sources and working with new material shot around the world by leading cinematographers, we will not look only at the moon itself but at the things that it frames, inspires and causes in our world and in our cultures. As such the intention is for a visually stunning and wide-ranging work that uses a cinematic grammar located between documentary and impressionism. The style attempts to draw out layers of meaning from material both familiar and arrestingly unfamiliar. In almost every case the selections will be layered with text or music, sound
or narration to create a work that transcends the source material and subject matter to deliver a captivating and unique viewing experience.