Dark Danish comedy 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 the remnants of his human existence are turned upside down.
THE PENULTIMATE is written, directed, and edited by Jonas Kærup Hjort who graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2017 with the award-winning short film IN A MONTH (watch on Vimeo). THE PENULTIMATE is his feature debut.
“Through absurdity and black humor THE PENULTIMATE mirrors the story of our time’s world of despair. The fear, the hopelessness, the negligence, the feeling of abandonment, the ambiguity, the relentless objectivity – all of these are put into play to confront the audience with themselves. At the same time, it’s an homage to the cartoonish tragi-comedy. From the moments of humor emerges an optimism wherein the confrontation with the despair raises the question of meaning. We can’t escape the absurdity of life but will just have to accept it in order to keep the remnants of a somewhat meaningful life. As a part of a poetic creation. As a part of an authentic tale of ourselves.” - Jonas Kærup Hjort
THE PENULTIMATE is produced by Rikke Tambo at Tambo Film and is supported by New Danish Screen with consultant Mette Damgaard, and Den Vestdanske Filmpulje in co-production with Gary Cranner from Chezville with support from The Norwegian Film Institute and the Zephyr Media Fond.