Carolina Hellsgård     ENDZEIT - EVER AFTER
  Biography   Feature film, Germany, 2018


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Writer: Olivia Vieweg,
Director: Carolina Hellsgård
Producer: Ingelore König, Claudia Schröter, Grown up Labels
Funding: MDM, BKM
ZDF, Kleines Fernsehspiel & ARTE


Short synopsis

A different kind of zombie film. ENDZEIT - EVER AFTER follows two young women,
Vivi and Eva, who are involuntarily forced to join forces. While fighting against the undead,
they must also confront the demons of their past.
Vivi is desperately trying to find out what happened to her little sister,
whereas Eva dreams about starting anew, far away from her role as a killer in the oppressing Weimar they have left behind.

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.




What interested you about the story?

When I read Olivia's screenplay, I was fascinated by the topic of guilt. As a person, you often feel guilty about certain things.
It's about all the bad stuff we did and all the good things we did not do.
A horror movie is a great tool to confront the characters with their own lives, and question their own morals,
as well as challenge their inner demons. How does one exist as a human being in this world? How do I treat other people?
And when I face chaos and difficulties, how do I react?
Furthermore the inner demons are externalized and presented as something outwardly – like the zombies in ENDZEIT.
I come from Sweden, and grew up with fairy tales about trolls in the forest. There is a direct link from my childhood bedtime
stories to ENDZEIT.

The story of ENDZEIT is not only about guilt, but also about emancipation. Two young women leave a oppressing society and
venture into an apocalyptic world. In ENDZEIT Vivi and Eva embody the future and a new form of coexistence; this new symbiosis
with nature is an exciting possibility for humanity.


How would you describe the style?

The Director of Photography, Leah Striker and I set out to make an exciting and captivating film. ENDZEIT is a mixture of different
genres and conventions. It consists of action moments true to the genre, as well as calmer and almost lyrical moments, where
we follow the characters as they move through the lush and apocalyptic landscape.
We deliberately choose a non-realistic and slightly elevated visual style. Together with the set designer Jenny Roesler and
costume designer Theresa Grosser, we've created a baroque, almost romantic, horror film style.
The score by composer Franziska Henke also underlines the romantic element in the film. The sound track is melancholic and
at the same time captivating, and reflects nature as a powerful and invasive component.


What does it mean that the film was made by women?

I chose my film colleagues because they were the most suitable for the project. Leah Striker is a fantastic and very experienced
camerawoman. I had been an admirer of the set designer Jenny Rösler’s work for a long time. The costume designer Teresa Grosser,
has her own style, and provided a very strong costume concept, which I loved.
In my view however, the film was not made exclusively by women, if you look at the credits, you see a lot of male film workers.
Personally, I think a 50% split between women and men is best.