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Grieving from the recent death of his mother, Paulo has travelled from Portugal to Iceland, a trip they were supposed to do together. While there, news the world has been dreading finally arrives. Earth will cease to exist in a matter of days. With only these last few days left and unable to get home he finds himself stranded in a small village. He spends his final days there encountering strangers, experiencing intimate and brief moments, allowing him these last few human connections. (APRIL 18-19)


Director’s Statement: Mylissa Fitzsimmons

Everything in the End was informed by my time spent in Iceland. This idea, that if I were to be stranded anywhere during end of days, Iceland would be a pretty great place to be. With no crime, generous, kind-hearted people and a beautiful landscape. I could live out my final days without the dystopian end I always see in films. It all comes down to how human connections make us who we are. This film utilizes a non-traditional approach in storytelling. Working with both professional and non-professional actors, interweaving scripted and non-scripted scenes and working in multiple languages, the film explores themes of grief, death, kindness, loneliness, and climate change through meaningful visuals and quiet performances.


This is a film that asks who are we, and answers that question by showing us the small details in life that make us human. When we shot this film we had no budget, a five-person crew and twelve days in Iceland. We joked about how we were making a film where people were isolated, just spending their last days doing nothing, waiting to die. Little did we know that two months later a global pandemic would happen isolating people, grieving as those around them died, and realizing just how much we humans need human connections. That made this film a little more surreal and relevant than we anticipated.


Selected Filmography: Award- winning shorts include Who Decides and That Party That One Night


Food Pairing Suggestion:

Fish & chips with Caldera Ginger Ale from The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant is the food recommendation from our volunteer Louise Pare!

 

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    74 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Iceland, United States
  • Director
    Mylissa Fitzsimmons
  • Screenwriter
    Mylissa Fitzsimmons
  • Producer
    Brenden Hubbard, Þórunn Guðjónsdóttir
  • Executive Producer
    Elizabeth Harris, John Schorg
  • Cast
    Elizabeth Austin, Raul Portero, Reynir Eli Kristinsson, Kolbrún Erna Pétursdóttir, Ylfa Marín Haraldsdótti
  • Cinematographer
    Todd Hickey
  • Editor
    Nicole McClure
  • Music
    Darren Morze