Europe, 2020 —The European Union has collapsed after the onset of the 4th Gulf War. The fight for the last remaining oil reserves has unveiled a poisonous sentiment that engulfs the citizenry, cutting into the deepest parts of the fabric of civilization. As the old Europe is flooded by refugees from adjacent continents, families and relationships are torn apart. Amidst this chaos, Laura, a student in her early 20s, must watch her own family struggle with their own hopes and fears as they face an unstable future. As the world she knows rapidly starts to deteriorate, she searches for a sliver of hope to help keep her optimistic spirit alive.
Certainly not a typical doomsday film, The Days to Come offers a very realistic glimpse into a future shaped by powerful, resource-hungry nations determined to seize control of a dark new world.
This year’s annual Williams College German/Austrian Film Festival focuses on science fiction. The festival, titled “Dark Futures,” presents three recent films that take place in imaginary future worlds, but tackle issues that face us here and now: fear of change, deep trauma, family conflict, and loneliness.
Presented by Williams College Department of German and Russian and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures