Worlds of Ice at the Planetarium

Worlds of Ice at the Planetarium

An exciting new film for Park-Extension citizens young and old promises to inform, entertain and raise awareness about…ice.

Espace pour la vie is presenting Worlds of Ice, a film by Philippe Baylaucq, produced by the National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. Worlds of Ice is a spectacular 360° immersion into the vast and fascinating topic of ice. This substance, whose dynamics universally affect biology, astronomy, anthropology, sports, culture, and art, plays so many roles in our lives and in the universe. It is narrated in the distinctive voice of Inuk/Mohawk singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer and starts on December 14 at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, while Montréal will be hosting COP15. According to the organizers, Worlds of Ice rattles us, forcing us to realize that the melting of the polar ice caps has brought us dangerously close to the tipping point of dramatic climate change, which is affecting all the peoples of the world. Worlds of Ice takes you on an extraordinary odyssey showcasing the power of ice, that very substance that splits rock, moves mountains, and governs the planet’s climate. Thirty-five minutes of pure delight for the mind and the senses.

Award-winning filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq orchestrated Worlds of Ice with the desire, above all, to put ice at the forefront of our environmental reality. The unsuspected dimensions of ice are brought to life, just like the life that ice itself nurtures, through the lens of the 360° camera, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the most advanced technologies in digital imaging.

Well-known for offering emotional experiences that blend science and art, the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan collaborated closely with the National Film Board of Canada in producing Worlds of Ice. The production, which won Best Science Film at the Dome Fest West in Los Angeles earlier this year, is based on scientific data and concepts that were painstakingly transformed into images, sound and words with the participation of the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan team.

“Searching for life in the Universe means searching for water. But, because planets generally do not fall within the “Goldilocks” habitable zone (because they’re too close to their star, and therefore too hot, or too far from it, and therefore too cold), looking for water ice can provide a great deal of information that is essential to understanding our own world. By taking an interest in ice in the universe, we’re taking an interest in life itself so we can better safeguard it,” said Olivier Hernandez, Director of the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan