(MIFF 2015, Special Events)

This fulldome showcase at the Melbourne Planetarium features Musica: Why is the Universe Beautiful? and Bella Gaia.

Musica: Why is the Universe Beautiful?, from Japan, begins with a forest, a flower, a sunset, the vast stadium of stars… A girl is mesmerised by the beauty of nature and asks, "Why do I sense beauty?" A quiet pianist who calls himself Musica shows her the common elements hiding in both music and nature. And so begins the endless conversation she has with Musica… and the Universe.

Bella Gaia, meanwhile, offers a poetic vision of Earth from space. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space, filmmaker and composer Kenji Williams created Bella Gaia to simulate the transformation called the Overview Effect. Working closely with NASA's scientific visualisation studio, the award-winning film successfully simulates space flight, taking the audience on a spectacular journey around planet Earth.

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