Director: Kristina Buozyte & Bruno Samper
Cast includes: Eddie Marsan, Richard Brake, Raffiella Chapman
Dear Future Film Festival
114mins / 2022 / France / Lithuania / Belgium

Seeds of Hope: This elegantly visualized dystopian thriller envelops us in the world of a gifted girl fending for survival with her sickly father.

Set after the collapse of Earth's ecosystem, this immersive and powerful story follows Vesper (Raffiella Chapman, His Dark Materials), a headstrong girl surviving in the remnants of a strange and dangerous world with her ailing father, Darius (Richard Brake, Game of Thrones).

Featuring incredible performances from an all-British cast, this jaw dropping thriller is full of visually graceful ideas: hybrid plants that resemble deep-sea creatures or woodland mushrooms; and Vesper’s computer console, a tabletop scrim of swirling colours. When Vesper finds the mysterious Camellia alone and disoriented in the woods she agrees to help find her missing companion. Vesper soon discovers brutal neighbour Jonas (Eddie Marsan) is searching for Camellia, who harbours a life-changing secret. Forced into a dangerous adventure, Vesper must rely on her wits to unlock the key to an alternate future.

A wistful beauty and a delicately imaginative sense of craft sets “Vesper” apart from most post-apocalyptic stories. In these filmmakers’ hands, an aerial shot of a speck of light in a forest eloquently expresses Vesper’s isolation, and the optimism that might save her.

This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is applied to all films which are directed by women and/or written by women. Find out more about F-Rating.

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