Early Selection: One Hundred Mornings

Imagine being stuck in a cabin with a couple you don’t really like, one of whom might be sleeping with your lover. Add this social tension to the fact that the world outside has crumbled into chaos and you're on your own for finding food, warmth, and protection from your neighbors. One Hundred Mornings chronicles two couples figuring out how to survive in a rural cabin far from Dublin at the moment their known lifestyle has become obsolete. The four await news from outside, not knowing how long the crisis will last, and how long they’ll have to stay in these cramped conditions, doling out what little supplies they have left.

The closest neighbors include a fearful gun-carrying old man, and a self-sufficient, gun-carrying hippie. The couples navigate these relationships in hopes of sharing resources but aware of the rising tension as each interaction hinges more on life and death. A few policemen roam around with tenuous authority, complicating everyone's ideas about what's going on and who's in charge.

One Hundred Mornings is a character study of four personalities under constant, unthinkable stress, and the resultant behaviors are uncomfortably real. Passive aggression, rage, and resentment manifest in the same way as hopefulness, each personality naming its terms even in this time of duress. It’s an endlessly intriguing situation to consider: the moment between disaster and the end of the world, and it's the characters' moments of unfounded optimism that are most heartbreakingly human, a reminder of the absurd resilience of hope.

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