'Endzeit' - a new film about the environment, collective guilt and social change

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'Endzeit' - a new film about the environment, collective guilt and social change

Climate change, living a greener lifestyle and the state of the environment are things most of us care about a great deal. Looking at relevant issues through a fictional lens might stand outside of the average and everyday approach to social change, but might also be a new and engaging way to changing our story around how we treat societal issues of all kinds. How are a zombie apocalypse, ethics and an ecological worldview connected? Carolina Hellsgård answers that in her new film Endzeit.

With women in every major creative role, Endzeit is a different kind of zombie movie. Set during a terrifying near-future zombie apocalypse, it's a gorgeous, and intimate film — humanity has come to its end and nature is reclaiming its terrain.

Two years after the zombies have overrun earth, the German towns Weimar and Jena are possibly the last holdouts of human civilization. Endzeit (Ever After) follows two very different young women, Vivi and Eva, who are involuntarily forced to join forces.

Their adventurous journey takes place in a lush and beautiful apocalypse. Now that the humans have gone, nature is taking over. But nature knows no boundaries and soon the two young women have to deal with a new and fantastic reality. In the end, their relationship survives it all.

Carolina Hellsgård and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film, faith in humanity, collective guilt, environmentalism and why having a positive view of the apocalypse is important. 

About the Director: Carolina Hellsgård is a writer-director, born in Sweden and based in Berlin. She studied experimental media design at the Berlin University of Arts and film directing and screenwriting at Cal Arts in Los Angeles.

Her critically acclaimed debut feature film WANJA premiered at the Berlinale 2015 and was nominated for Berlinale Best First Feature Award. It won Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film Debut at the Biberacher Filmfestspiele. Hellsgård's award winning films have screened in numerous international film festivals including Montreal WFF, Mostra Sao Paulo, Gothenburg IFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Filmes de Femmes and the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. She has been a recipient of the Dorothea Erxleben Fellowship and a guest lecturer at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK).

Image Copyright: Carolina Hellsgård. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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