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Around The Sun

Directed by Oliver Krimpas
Narrative Feature
USA | 78 min | 2019

A film location finder is shown around a repossessed, crumbling French château. Over the course of the afternoon, he slowly falls for both the place and the owner’s flirtatious representative, as she recounts the story of a famous book set there. But is their present-day connection for real, or just a projection of the book’s 17th Century characters?

It all started with a château: 400 years old and crumbling, set in an overgrown garden, its majesty still shining through the neglect. Its new owners, friends of mine, invited me to make a film there. That was an easy choice – I’d fallen in love with the place. But what film?
Diving into the chateau’s history I found out about a famous book that had been written there in 1686: Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, by Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle. Using this a starting point, and blending it with ideas he’d had for stories we could set at the château, the seed of a story began to reveal itself to Jon Kiefer, which eventually coalesced into Around the Sun.

The script is all Jon’s work but its themes are deeply personal to me: the loss of identity as someone who spans two different cultures; hope and imagination as the kickstarter of broken dreams; and the all-powerful need to connect with someone at the deepest level, whilst sharing a mutual thirst for knowledge. As a kid, spending summer nights gazing up at the crystal-clear night sky in Greece, I was captivated by the limitlessness possibility of the universe. Making this film connected me back to that feeling.

The elements of the script that might give someone pause – a single location, only two characters, and reams of geeky dialogue – are just the things that drove me to make it. I loved the idea of making an intimate film about really big ideas. And our film at its heart explores one of the simplest and biggest: the connection of two souls. As our lead character Maggie reminds us: there are infinite universes, and so infinite possibilities for connection, but by that definition, there are also infinite ways to miss out. In that sense, true connection is both a miracle and an inevitability.

~ Oliver Krimpas

Around The Sun poster | Oliver Krimpas, Director

Oliver Krimpas, Director | Around The SunOliver Krimpas

Oliver Krimpas was born in Britain to a Greek father and English mother, and grew up in London and Athens. He received an Masters’ in film from Boston University in 1993.

His work in film began as an runner for producer Jeremy Thomas and directors Bernardo Bertolucci and David Cronenberg on productions of the ‘The Sheltering Sky’ and ‘Naked Lunch’.

He subsequently produced commercials and music videos in Los Angeles before moving back to London in 1997, where he directed (and often also produced) commercials and corporate films for clients including Grey Advertising, Storck GmbH, Leo Burnett, Booz Allen Hamilton, Proctor & Gamble, Shell, Ofcom, GlaxoSmithKline, Intel, Dell, Yahoo and National Geographic.

His four short films have been shown at over 50 film festivals worldwide. The latest, ‘Ghost in the Machine’, has won 10 awards. He has also made the move into television drama with 9 episodes of the BBC drama ‘Doctors’.

‘Around the Sun’ is Oliver’s first feature film as director and producer. It was filmed in Normandy, France in November 2017 and was completed in February 2018.

Film Information

Director: Oliver Krimpas
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 78 min.


Producer: Oliver Krimpas
Writer: Jonathan Kiefer

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