The end of civilization has arrived. We don’t know exactly how, but a father and his fourteen-year-old son are among the few survivors, fighting to survive in a flimsy shack on stilts next to a lake. Society has collapsed; every chance encounter with others is dangerous. In this newly primeval world, the boy’s father entrusts his thoughts to a journal, but the words are just marks that his son can’t decipher. At his father’s death, the boy decides to undertake a journey into the unknown, in search of someone who can read the mysterious pages to him. It’s the only way he can learn what his father really felt, and discover a past he has never known.
“This story speaks to us about the present in a plastic and very punctual way: it shows us the world we’re destroying and that we’ll be handing over to our own children; it warns us of the tragedy that already looms noticeably over our future. At the same time, both the pages of the graphic novel and the scenes of my movie contain another very important warning, which concerns the gradual desertification of our culture and our humanity. With that in mind, I interpreted the Father’s notebook as a precious flame of sorts, which the Son – albeit unconsciously – doesn’t want to go out. Knowledge, love and the struggle to stay human are the founding elements of this film. To me, the Son is the synthesis of humanity to which we’ll entrust the future, and my whole story revolves around his experiences and his exploits.”