Listen: End of the World
Renowned filmmaker Radu Jude’s latest satire, “Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World,” just premiered at the New York Film Festival.
Get ready for a wild ride with the new film that will leave you laughing and gasping in shock!
Known for his daring and provocative political films about Romania, Jude, in his new movie, aims for our chaotic modern world with fearless wit. From crass commercialism to cultural misogyny, corporate greed, worker exploitation, bigotry, and social media hate, he fearlessly exposes the systems and forces that seek to crush us all.
In this captivating film, we follow Angela, a production assistant in present-day Bucharest, as she navigates the demands of her film-firm bosses. Driving through the bustling city, she encounters sexism and harassment from men on the road, which she fearlessly confronts. Angela’s resilience is evident as she battles against a system that takes advantage of her while yearning for freedom.
As an outlet, Angela creates online videos under the persona of Bobita, a profane and provocative character that spews right-wing extremism. This portrayal contrasts Angela’s true self, who stands up against exploitation and fights for justice.
In “Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World.,” a whirlwind of absurdity and social critique follow Angela as she navigates her daily routine, which includes confrontations with a developer who built on her grandmother’s grave and a steamy car rendezvous with her lover.
As she searches for the perfect safety-video candidate, Angela is embroiled in a corporate scheme that shifts blame onto the injured.
Director Jude seamlessly interweaves scenes from the 1981 film “Angela Moves On,” creating a captivating juxtaposition between the colorful protagonist and Angela herself. Whether under Ceaușescu’s rule or not, Bucharest is portrayed as a chaotic nightmare plagued by corruption, crime, and injustice.
Like Angela’s provocative social media posts, this film seethes with anger, expressed through biting humor. Watch as a pontificating director delves into cinema’s corporate origins and vows to protect Ovidiu from exploitation.
Witness a somber montage of crosses, marking the tragic deaths caused by governmental negligence, and Hoss’ Doris suggesting self-driving cars as a solution.
Amid it all, Angela encounters notorious B-movie auteur Uwe Boll, who shares his experiences with boxing critics and curses off his haters alongside Bobita.
“Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World” exposes an unchanged reality. It lays bare a society drowning in filth, greed, and intolerance. Director Jude’s keen eye doesn’t just foresee the end; he shows us it’s already here.
With stunning visuals and a thought-provoking storyline, “Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World” will take you through our disarrayed world.
Prepare to be captivated for a whopping 164 minutes as Jude’s film challenges societal norms and leaves a lasting impact.
Don’t miss its US premiere at the New York Film Festival!