Competition Narrative Feature
Everything in the End
Directed by: Mylissa Fitzsimmons
USA/Iceland, 2021, 74m
In English, Icelandic, and Portuguese with English subtitles
East Coast Premiere
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Soft-spoken Paolo (Hugo De Sousa, We Used to Know Each Other, FFF 2019) has traveled from Portugal to Iceland for what was to be a last trip with his mother. Instead, an announcement that Earth will cease to exist in a few days leads Paolo to wander a spectacular landscape and meet the people with whom he’ll spend his final moments. De Sousa is intoxicating as Paolo, whose connections help him discover himself and an acceptance of the end. Whether it’s dancing with an older beautiful woman who believes there’s always time for one more love or play-wrestling with a scared punk on the beach, the film asks us who we are and shows us, in small details, what makes us human. Writer/director Mylissa Fitzsimmons’s stunningly filmed feature debut offers hope, comfort, and humanity even in our darkest moment. It teaches us to count our blessings and that—in the end—we’re all we need.