One could reasonably argue that the end of human civilisation is a tragedy. The fact that we are probably responsible for its end makes it all the more tragic. But as the director of the film, my goal was to create a comical road movie traversing millions of years en route to the most remote corner of the world.
The reason I wanted to highlight humour was to acknowledge that we, as a civilisation, have played such a microscopically small role in relationship to the scale of evolution and the cyclical movement of the ice ages. People emerged on this planet five million years after its creation, and have spent a few thousand years convincing ourselves that we are hugely significant - the final and supreme level of evolution. You can only smile at the effort humankind has put into cutting off the branch it’s sitting on. We find it angst provoking and outrageous that life will continue long after we’ve made earth uninhabitable for our own species. But at the same time, we have to ask ourselves what the sequel will look like – without us.
In far North-East Greenland the passage of time lies exposed before our very eyes in the layers that form the mountains. We are witness to the passage of aeons, and with time we too will be reduced to another layer of the massif - this mysterious civilisation that ran around making film.
Daniel Dencik, May 2012