The project marks the return of Olivier Assayas as a director and screenwriter. This time, he returned to the thrilling movie line, about five Cuban political prisoners imprisoned in the US in the 1990s on charges of espionage and murder. Actors Penélope Cruz, Gael García Bernal and Ana de Armas participated in the project.
In 2016, Assayas won the “Best Director” award at the Cannes Film Festival with Personal Shopper. Indiewire rates him as one of the creative filmmakers and expresses the most powerful views of contemporary cinema.
The work is intrigued by the contrast between the name (About Endlessness, ie “Talking about infinity”) and the duration of only 78 minutes (among the shortest in the movies). The introduction also intrigued when unrelated situations: a couple hovering over the city of Cologne (Germany) in the middle of the war, the father tying his shoelaces to girls in the rain, the girls dancing outside the cafe and the defeated army heading to the prison.
Roy Andersson is a veteran Swedish director, from advertising industry, famous for his personal film style and has only made six films in the past six decades. His most recent film – A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
Indiewire rated Babyteeth “unknown” on the Golden Lion race at the Venice Film Festival. The work is the debut film of Shannon Murphy – female director Australia. The film blends the story of puberty with the family comedy genre, revolving around a young woman (Eliza Scanlen) who suffers from a fatal illness who has a crush on a drug dealer (Toby Wallace). Ben Mendelsohn – Australian actor marked the past few years in Hollywood – plays the girl’s father.
In 21 works of the Golden Lion, Babyteeth is one of two films directed by a female. This factor also made the film more interested in the period when many people thought that the film village needed more than the voices of women.