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Cool Fan Film: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before The End

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are the stars of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy – Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013).

While we still wait to see if there will ever be a fourth film in the series, Rob Stone decided to put together this lovely little short, Before The End.

The short film sees Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and CĂ©line (Julie Delpy) on a video call during the lockdown in 2020, separated, and unwittingly recreating the scene in the record booth from Before Sunrise. The video incorporates footage from the Q&As that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy did with Cameron Bailey for TIFF Originals on 30 April and 12 May 2020 respectively.

Before the End responds to the ethos and fanbase of the Before series while considering the impact of the pandemic on filmmaking, films, fans and characters too. Primarily, the work is an experiment with updating the Kuleshov effect for social media, that is, showing how the juxtaposition of unrelated images will be read by a cinema audience as narrative, even though the projection of emotional connections between the images is, as here, entirely the construct of the audience. For study purposes.

Check it out below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Before the End from Rob Stone on Vimeo.

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