In her successfull career as music video director, Floria Sigismondi has approached the post-apocalyptic topic a few times.In 2003 she directed Untitled #1 (Vaka) on Sigur Rós’ music. Like many of her music videos that made her so popular in the videoclip sector, this sad story about a group of children playing in a post-nuclear wasteland is dark and disturbing – a key aspect of her esthetics.
Floria Sigismondi’s 2011 E.T., starring Kate Perry, is “a very interesting extraterrestrial love story, but it paints a bigger picture about humanity and what happens on earth” (in Floria’s words). More of a sci-fi than a post-apocalyptic clip, E.T. approaches themes as love, sex, mortality, decay, man, machine, nature, civilization:
Set in a sort of post-apocalyptic scenario – a rundown, apocalyptic MidWestern town that has suffered from an economic collapse – Leaning towards solace is, in Sigismondi’s words, “about the fine line between keeping it together and the feeling of helplessness when life just doesn’t work any longer. But the story is not only about sorrow, but about hope, love and the loss of fear, rebirth and reincarnation. the idea that we possibly have travelled through time with the same souls in different roles”: