A tale of love, reason, and realizing you're not the center of the universe
Starring Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey), Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones)
Inspired by Bernard de Fontenelle's Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Virtual Cinemas (US/UK)
Trailer (1:50): https://youtu.be/06faC9L4L6c
Full-film viewing link and interviews available.
Bernard (Gethin Anthony), a film location scout, tours a repossessed and crumbling French château. Over the course of an afternoon, he falls for both the place and its owner’s flirtatious representative, Maggie (Cara Theobold), who recounts the story of an influential popular-science book written and set there. But is their present-tense connection for real, or just a projection of the book’s 17th-century characters?
“This intimate and yet deliciously cerebral romance perfectly suits the lockdown mood of 2020. ★★★★” –Leslie Felperin, Guardian
“An indie with a science-smitten heroine and a continental touch, reminiscent of the cinema of Eric Rohmer in which the eros is contained in radiant, refined conversation.” –Gerald Peary, critic, filmmaker, and Computer Chess supporting actor
“The very antithesis of a formulaic romantic drama.” -Randy Myers, Mercury News
“Sort of a British, female-driven Before Sunrise crossed with an episode of Cosmos?” –Jon’s awkward try at an elevator pitch
TRT: 79 min.
Director: Oliver Krimpas
Screenwriter: Jonathan Kiefer
Cast: Cara Theobold, Gethin Anthony
Producers: Oliver Krimpas, Jonathan Kiefer
Director of Photography: Michael Edo Keane
Cleveland International Film Festival
CineGlobe Film Festival
Maine International Film Festival
Cordillera International Film Festival (WINNER: Grand Jury Award, Best of Festival)
Nevada City Film Festival
Sacramento Film & Music Festival
Mystic Film Festival (WINNER: Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature)
Heartland International Film Festival
In/Science International Science Film Festival
Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival
Other Worlds Austin
SF IndieFest (2020)
Mostly British Film Festival (2020)
Beloit International Film Festival (2020)
L'Europe autour de l'Europe (2020)
• Release announcement (Variety)
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Director/Producer Oliver Krimpas
British-Greek director Oliver Krimpas grew up in London and Athens, and received a master’s degree in film from Boston University. He began his film career as an assistant on the productions of The Sheltering Sky and Naked Lunch, and subsequently produced commercials and music videos in Los Angeles before basing himself permanently in London. Since then he has directed and produced commercials, corporate films, and television dramas, most recently for BBC. Oliver’s four short fiction films have been shown at more than fifty international festivals and garnered multiple awards. Around the Sun is his feature debut.
Screenwriter/Associate Producer Jonathan Kiefer
Longtime San Francisco Bay Area resident Jonathan Kiefer was the inaugural editorial director of the film-streaming service Fandor, and has written about culture for publications including SF Weekly, KQED, the New York Times, and the Village Voice. His award-winning short films have played at festivals throughout the US, and he has served as a juror and program-notes writer for the San Francisco International Film Festival, as well as an editorial advisor for American Zoetrope. An alumnus of the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab, Jon currently is developing his next movie projects by way of a FilmHouse residency from SFFILM. His first experience on a movie set was as an actor in a student film by Oliver Krimpas when they both were students at Boston University.