A Shape of Things to Come (2020)

  • 1h 17m
  • Lisa Marie Malloy
  • J.P. Sniadecki

Sensorisk og cinematisk værk fra Sonora-ørkenen i det sydlige USA, hvor en mand lever i enlig pagt med en brutal natur i apokalypsens skygge.

Ude i Sonora-ørkenen på grænsen til Mexico bor Sundog. En ældre herre, der lever af, hvad den brutale natur har at give ham, om det så er et vildsvin eller den psykedeliske gift fra en tudse. ‘A Shape of Things to Come’ vægter ørkenens sensoriske materialitet over forklaringer og dialog, og bevæger sig ud over den menneskelige skala og ned i dyrehøjde. Det skaber en verden, der er udspændt mellem en fjern fortid i 1960’ernes øko-bevægelser og en mulig fremtid i apokalypsens skygge. Men grænsepatruljerne truer freden i Sundogs ørkenrige, som den bevæbnede eneboer er klar til at forsvare.

A sensory and cinematic work from the Sonora desert in the southern US, where a man lives in a lonely pact with a brutal nature and in the shadow of the apocalypse.

Sundog lives out in the Sonora Desert on the Mexican border. He is an elderly gentleman, who lives off anything that the brutal nature gives him, be it a wild boar or the psychedelic poison of a toad. ‘A Shape of Things to Come’ gives precedence to the sensory materiality of the desert instead of to explanations and dialogue, and moves beyond the human scale and down to animal perspectives. It creates a world that stretches from a distant past in the ecological movements of the 1960s to a possible future in the aftermath of the apocalypse. But the border patrol agents are threatening the peace in Sundog’s desert kingdom, which the armed recluse is prepared to defend. Lisa Marie Malloy and J.P. Sniadecki’s film is equal parts ‘Walden’ and Western, but the magnificent isolation stands in paradoxical contrast to the great, smouldering problems of our times. With the desert as the ultimate existential (and cinematic) setting, the film shows the relationship between humanity and nature at a critical time, when civil disobedience is the provocative answer to the most pressing questions.

Director

J.P. Sniadecki

Producer

J.P. Sniadecki