The World to Come

  • 105'
  • USA
  • 2020

“Who is that?” Abigail asks her husband as a horse and cart passes their remote farm. “Finney. And his wife”, he replies. By then, the camera has shown us that Abigail isn’t looking at their new neighbour, the man driving the horses, at all. Her gaze is firmly fixed on Tallie, sitting bolt upright alongside him, with her red hair. It is she who will bring some colour into Abigail’s drab existence on the American frontier.

The World to Come captures the exaltation of being in love. For the longest time, the pair – phenomenal performances from Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby – circle one another. Abigail’s voice-over and their conversations discuss desire, without being able to say so explicitly. Director Mona Fastvold in the meantime shows how sensuality can hide in a lock of hair, or the steam evaporating from freshly washed sheets. The two women forge an alliance of the soul, which at the same time is an escape from the strictures of a society that marginalises them. But can this be permitted?

Official Opening Film IFFR 2021 in JuneAlso see Opening Film: The World to Come and Big Talk: Mona Fastvold. Please note: the screening of this film on Wed 2 June, 19:30 is for invitees only! 

Director
Mona Fastvold
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
105'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Casey Affleck, Whitaker Lader, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Ben Kuller, Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pavel Buria, Carole Baraton, Pierre Mazars, Yohann Comte, Margarethe Baillou, Andrew Morrison, Peter Touche
Production Companies
Sea Change Media, Killer Films, Hype Film, Charades, M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, Yellow Bear Entertainment, Panasper Films Ltd., Ingenious Media
Sales
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Screenplay
Jim Shepard, Ron Hansen
Cinematography
Andre Chemetoff
Editor
Dávid Jancsó
Production Design
Jean-Vincent Puzos
Music
Daniel Blumberg
Cast
Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott
Local Distributor
Universal Pictures Benelux
Website
https://www.theworldtocome.movie