Selected by both Venice and Toronto, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodsworth's The Fifth Season
presents a very quiet take on the apocalypse. One where the end comes simply because spring refuses to. TIFF describes the film like this:
In a secluded village deep in the Ardennes, a community gathers to set
alight an effigy of Uncle Winter atop a mountain of brush. When the pyre
refuses to burn, winter cannot pass into spring and nature stagnates:
the bees disappear, seeds refuse to sprout and cows no longer offer
milk. Desperation turns to madness as the villagers suffer the
deteri-oration of their land, their relationships, their bodies and
their minds. Tractors circle in endless loops; birds refuse to sing; a
young girl's nose bleeds endlessly.
As the adult world crumbles around them, three adolescents -- Alice,
Thomas and Octave -- toil on the farms, explore the deep forests and
attempt to make some sense of the chaos that has engulfed their village.
Alice and Thomas are in a budding relationship, while Octave watches
the world from his wheelchair, perked atop his parents' food truck. For
all three, without the turning of the seasons, maturation remains just
out of reach. The villagers turn on each other as the natural order
collapses, engaging in strange, farcical acts of malice. In the end,
only the prospect of human sacrifice offers them any hope.
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