The World to Come

Mona Fastvold, USA 2020, 98’
The Killing of Two Lovers Uncle Frank

In her second film, the Norwegian director uses the warm voice of Katherine Waterson to tell the story of a love that has no place—certainly not on the isolated 19th-century American farm where Abigail lives with her husband (Casey Affleck, who also produced the film). Since the death of their little daughter, they rarely speak to one another, filling their days instead with burdensome chores. The arrival of their new neighbor, Tallie (Vanesa Kirby, from The Crown) brings a little intimacy to Abigail’s lonely life. However, their husbands, jealous of their intimacy and increasingly annoyed by their prolonged visits, don’t like the bond that has been growing stronger between them over time. But Abigail can no longer be without Tallie, although the feelings she is experiencing are much easier to describe in her diary than to confess to another person, to the only one who understands her situation perfectly—just like the painter Marianne in Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire looking at the likeness of the woman she loves.

Marta Bałaga


Venice IFF 2020 - Nave d'Argento, Queer Lion

Mona Fastvold

Born in 1981, Mona Fastvold is a Norwegian director, screenwriter, and actress. Together with her partner, Brady Corbert, she collaborated on the screenplay for the film The Childhood of a Leader, which was shown in Poland, and she also appeared in Vox Lux. Her directorial debut, The Sleepwalker, was screened at Sundance, and the premiere of her latest drama, The World to Come, starring Katherine Waterson and Vanessa Kirby, took place at the Venice Film Festival, where it qualified for the main competition.


2014 The Sleepwalker

2020 Świat, który nadejdzie / The World to Come

Cast & Crew

director Mona Fastvold
screenplay Ron Hansen, Jim Shepard
cinematography André Chemetoff
editing Dávid Jancsó
music Daniel Blumberg
cast Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby, Casey Affleck, Christopher Abbott, Andreea Vasile
producer Casey Affleck, Margarethe Baillou, David Hinojosa, Whitaker Lader
production Arsia Production (Production Services), Hype Film, Ingenious Media, Killer Films, M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, Panasper Films, Sailor Bear, Sea Change Media, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Yellow Bear Films
sales UIP
language English
coloration colour
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