Willem DaFoe Witnesses Abel Ferrara's Apocalypse: 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH

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Willem DaFoe Witnesses Abel Ferrara's Apocalypse:  4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH
"At 4:44am tomorrow morning there will be no survivors.  The world will end." 

It certainly feels like we should have caught this last year to go in with the handful of personal apocalypse films of 2011: Take Shelter, Melancholia, Another Earth, Tree of Life, and indeed 4:44 Last Day On Earth played Venice and New York before IFC snatched it up. God Bless Abel Ferrara for getting past Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant 2 and judging by this magnificent trailer, like he is about to turn in his best film in years.

Holy Christ, Tom Waits Francis Kuipers, that is a goddam soundtrack for what might be the best trailer for 2012 thus far.  The film seems likely to play out like a more angry, less deadpan version of Don McKellar's criminally under-seen and similarly titled Last Night.

Willem Dafoe looks to have a banner year already with this film, The Hunter, and John Carter all coming along in the next little while. Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire, Enter the Void) and Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) also star.

In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They're in love. She's a painter, he's a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon - except that this isn't a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come, not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors.As always, there are those who, as their final cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They - like the majority of the Earth's population - have accepted their fate; the world is going to end.
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