Queens World Film Festival - Sunday 3/31 at 6:45PM
Museum of the Moving Image - Astoria, NYC
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Several weeks after the outbreak has taken hold and contaminated the natural water, Aaron and his daughter Abby are stuck in their home. Without a car and on their last rations of food and bottled water, Aaron believes that with a little hope, they will be saved. But as Abby's health declines, their time is running out.
Meanwhile, a pair of U.S. soldiers are stranded on a deserted road. Banged up and dehydrated, their mission is unclear. Gabe is determined to survive by any means necessary, but Justin, inexperienced and in over his head, is slowing him down—until they discover a bloody truck on the side of the road.
I approached this film in a very minimalist way: the science acts as the backdrop instead of the focus, so we can better reflect on the characters and what they represent, instead of on the spectacle of the virus. This had the added benefit of allowing me to really do justice to the few featured viral elements that do appear. For me, the end product is equal parts drama and sci-fi.
Into the Dark is about the inevitable sacrifices we have to make in times of crisis and the impossible choices we are left with. It’s about what we cling to in times of need and the changes we must undergo to survive. It constantly asks us, “What would you do in this situation?” Through four different characters, we explore varying approaches to survival: brute force, dependency, denial and optimism. Aaron’s relationship to Judaism highlights this latter approach and was where the idea for the film originated, as it sharply contrasted with the other characters’ methods of survival.
With subtle allegorical notes and environmental undertones, this film serves several social functions that speaks to diverse groups of people around the world.