Alain de Botton
This is Tomorrow is the third film of ‘A London Trilogy, the films of Saint Etienne’. A History and reconstruction of the Royal Festival Hall, interviewing surviving architects and designers including Leonard Manasseh and Robin Day. The film also documented the hall’s complete refurbishment from 2005-2007, which has once again made it London’s cultural centre.
A journalist (Liane Balaban) meets “Man of Today” (Paul Ahmarani) who, while a responsible citizen, is disengaged from greater society. He believes once he’s dead nothing more matters. As an experiment to see if she can turn his pessimistic view around, the journalist sends him on a journey of enlightenment to prove that the future does matter. Travelling the globe, he finds himself in surprising encounters with great minds in the arts and sciences. Starting with an unexpected poetry reading and conversation with experimental poet Christian Bök, Man of Today engages with architect Shigeru Ban, activist Francis Dupuis-Déri, philosopher Alain de Botton, artist Marlene Dumas, novelist Rivka Galchen, leading scientists and a ghost. Will the journalist succeed in turning a cynic into an optimist? Will it matter? What can one person do?