Jonathan Romney is a frequent contributor to Sight & Sound, Film Comment, The Observer and Screen International, but occasionally, he finds the time to make a film of his own. This time around he has collaborated with visual artist Fiona Tan on the existential drama “History’s Future.” Romney co-wrote the screenplay with Tan, based on an original idea by Tan.
The film blends fiction, documentary and speculative essay as it tells the story of a man (Mark O’Halloran) who finds he has lost all his memory following a random street mugging. Traveling across Europe, front country to country, the man’s search for identity soon evolves into a greater search for meaning as director Fiona Tan ruminates through what she describes as “the moods, fears, and hopes of the early 21st-century Zeitgeist.” The international cast includes Denis Lavant (“Holy Motors”), Anne Consigny (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) and Christos Passalis (“Dogtooth”).
Indiewire has the exclusive trailer, which you can check out above.
“History’s Future” will have its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) later this month.