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Jonas Kærup Hjort – The Penultimate #PÖFF24

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A Kafkaesque exploration of the human condition.

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16 min. and 15 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Jonas Kærup Hjort, director of the film The Penultimate.

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A conversation with Jonas Kærup Hjort, Danish filmmaker presenting The Penultimate at this year’s edition of the Talinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. The film is an exploration of the human condition and marks the director’s feature debut. Here, he discusses the origins of the story and how it reflects his own fears. He also talks about the style of the movie and its structure, the Kafka influences and the challenges he encountered in directing his first film.

The Penultimate: The Penultimate is a Kafkaesque tale of an insignificant Water Inspector (Joen Højerslev) who arrives at a giant remote building to register the residents’ water meters. Before he knows, he finds himself trapped inside the building facing an endless maze of obstacles. In his attempt to escape, perception of reality, the rational, and remnants of his human existence are turned upside down.

To discover more about the festival, click here.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Jonas Kærup Hjort
  • Interviewee role
    director
  • Film title
    The Penultimate
  • Festival section
    First Features Competition
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