A young man wakes up after a party to discover he's living in a post-apocalyptic world. There are zombies wandering around everywhere, with their googly, bloodshot eyes and chattering teeth, which is a way for them to signal that they're very, very hungry. We're all familiar with these kinds of brutal, inauspicious mornings-we've seen them too many times not to be. Dominique Rocher, however, approaches the genre with a considerable degree of playfulness. Instead of a spine-tingling horror, he offers a reserved, arthouse-style story about a survivor, wracked by loneliness, who protects himself from waves of chaos and terror in a ruined building. Here's a fascinating tidbit: the role of one of the zombies is played by the wonderful Denis Lavant, who lends his character a touch of his typical slapstick kind-heartedness.
Dominique Rocher is from France. After graduating from film school, he began working as an assistant director. Later, he founded the production company Buffalo Corp., where he made his first four short films. Thanks to winning an Audi Talents Award, he was able to make the short sci-fi film La vitesse du passé starring Mélanie Thierry. The Night Eats the World is his feature debut.
2009 Haiku (short, co-dir.)
2011 La vitesse du passé / The Speed of the Past (short)
2018 Noc pożera świat / La nuit a dévoré le monde / The Night Eats the World