Mark Duplass and Sterling K. Brown seek best friends for the end of the world.
The duo star as lifelong friends who are the last survivors on the planet after the apocalypse in Mel Esyln’s feature debut “Biosphere,” which premiered at TIFF 2022. The film will be distributed by IFC Films.
According to the official synopsis, in the not-too-distant future, the last two men on Earth must adapt and evolve to save humanity. Billy (Mark Duplass) and Ray (Sterling K. Brown) are lifelong best friends, brothers from another mother – they’re also the last two men on earth. Their survival is largely due to Ray, a brilliant scientist who designed the custom biosphere they call home, equipping it with both creature comforts and the necessities to sustain life on a doomed planet. When the population of their nursery, which supplies essential proteins, begins to decline, the men are faced with an ominous future. But life could still find a way.
Director Eslyn is president of Duplass Brothers Productions and has produced films such as ‘The One I Love’, ‘The Intervention’, ‘Outside In’ and ‘Horse Girl’. Eslyn most recently produced the HBO comedy “Somebody Somewhere” and the Sam Jones documentary “Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off.” He wrote and directed episodes for HBO’s “Room 104” and directed the docuseries “The Lady and the Dale” and “Cinema Toast.”
Eslyn produces “Biosphere” alongside Zackary Drucker, Maddie Buis and Shuli Harel. Eslyn and “Biosphere” star Duplass co-wrote the film.
IndieWire’s review for the film called it “hilarious and earnest”, serving as a “thought experiment on gender and masculinity and male (heterosexual) relationships in the microcosm, throwing two cis Western men into the pressure cooker of environmental collapse, where social constructs that have ceased to matter occasionally resurface again.
The review continued, “’Biosphere’ plays with a central theme of ‘sometimes things happen that can’t be explained rationally’ but it really goes nowhere, and some may end up frustrated with where in the narrative it picks the film at end, and which loose threads are left untied. ‘Biosphere’ is great fun as a character study, but the ideas of him will leave you looking out of his geodesic windows, wishing there was more out there.
“Biosphere” will premiere in theaters and on demand on July 7th. Watch the trailer below.