Over the weekend, TIFF hosted the world premiere of The End We Start From, one of the festival’s most anticipated films. And for good reason considering the apocalyptic thriller’s cast is led by Jodie Comer, whose meteoric rise doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who also serves as an exec-producer.
Comer plays a new mother who flees her London home with her infant and heads north after a cataclysmic ecological disaster. The film also stars Joel Fry, Katherine Waterston, Mark Strong, Nina Sosanya, and Gina McKee.
Mahalia Belo directs from an Alice Birch screenplay adapted from Megan Hunter’s novel. The debut teaser doesn’t reveal much but it suggests a sensitive, humanistic approach to a harrowing survival tale.
The End We Start From will open in theaters on December 8th.
Here’s the synopsis: An apocalyptic drama that still makes room for hope, The End We Start From uses the language of genre to ask the only question that matters about our increasingly bleak future: What will you do? And why aren’t you doing it already? The End We Start From is ultimately a cautionary tale, its characters moving episodically through various strata of social collapse.