About Endlessness

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"About Endlessness" is taking place just before an apocalypse. It's very pessimistic to think we're living in such a moment. Let us remember that life is not eternal. In some periods in your life, especially when you're young, you experience this hubris. You think you're invulnerable, that you will always win. That's very characteristic of young and strong people. It's about optimism represented by youth, but also war and despair, and the absence of 'God'. The war scenes depict the losers. Winners are not interesting. Because we're all losers in some sense. It's important to acknowledge that in the end no one is a winner. Life is a tragedy. Is there always a balance between hope and despair? The main theme is the vulnerability of human beings. And it's a hopeful act to create something showing vulnerability. Because if you're aware of the vulnerability of existence, you can become respectful and careful of what you've. The film emphasizes the beauty of existence, of being alive. The film shows existence in all it's aspects: that includes functionalism, modernism, Stalinism. It's a mixture of multiple ambitions to create houses, to create societies. But of course, to get that, you need to have a contrast. You need to show the bad side, the cruel side of existence. Looking at art history, for example, a lot of paintings are very tragic. But even if they depict cruel and sad scenes, by painting them the artists have in some way transferred the energy and created hope. You can't find this sharpness in film history; the background has to be out of focus. The film illuminates much that's unpleasant and unmoored about us, but this illumination is motivated by a moral responsibility and a love of humanity. And you've to be thankful for the time you've left. By Gregory Mann