‘How It Ends’ Apocalypse Comedy On The Parallels Between The End-Of-The-World And the Quarantine

The cast and crew of “How It Ends” discussed the “apocalyptic comedy’s” connection to pandemic-era life and the worldwide appeal of the phenomenon that is Timothée Chalamet.

Co-writers and directors Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones, along with star Cailee Spaeny, joined Sundance Film Festival’s Variety Studio presented by AT&T TV to discuss the makings of their film, which depicts one woman’s journey through Los Angeles as she attempts to make it to her last party before the world ends. The “whimsical” film also stars Lister-Jones, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen, Helen Hunt, Lamorne Morris and Nick Kroll.

When creating the film, Wein said he and Lister-Jones wanted to tap into the “inner self” and reflect on the monotony induced by the pandemic.

“It definitely felt like the world was maybe going to be over,” Wein said. “We were faced with so much uncertainty … we tried to face those fears head-on and that turned into this dialogue between Zoe and I about wanting to channel all those emotions into our art … while it’s not about the pandemic, there’s some crossover in terms of the feeling you have when you’re alone.”


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