A Darkened Sun

by Thomas Jansson
(music by Wolverine)

Visual album
Running time: 28 minutes

A Darkened Sun tells the story of a young and seemingly lonely woman in distress. Contemplating her existence she realises she has lost part of herself while succumbing to the expectations of modern society. Our protagonist embarks on a somewhat existential journey, and as the narrative unfolds across the story’s four chapters she is forced to confront her inner self.

This melancholic music film belongs to the visual album genre in music, with a cinematic linear story that seeks to interpret the lyrics of the album’s four songs. The storytelling rests heavily on metaphorical expression, with some instances of intertextuality that pays homage to other fictional works. The film contains no dialogue.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner – Sweden Film Awards, Jan–Feb 2021
  • Winner – Luleå International Film Festival, January 2021
  • Winner – Best Director Music Video, Kosice International Monthly Film Festival
  • Winner – Best Music Video, Great Message International Film Festival
  • Finalist – 4th Dimenison Independent Film Festival
  • Finalist – Best Music Video, Prague International Monthly Film Festival
  • Finalist – Best Music Video, Kosice International Monthly Film Festival
  • Official Selection – New York Flash Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Boden International Film Festival, Sweden

Related Bits

Album/film review by Mark Holmes of Metal Discovery

 “The visuals of the film, together with some astutely synchronous editing, not only match screen to sound to perfection, but also breathtakingly align the rhythm of the montage to the beats of the music and narrative/lyrical cues.” Read the full review here

Interview with Rock Garage Online Magazine

 “… the metaphorical and symbolic bits are necessary to tell the story, and they are there to add serious depth. My ambition was to make the visuals as poetic as possible alongside the lyrics.” Read the full interview here

Podcast Interview @ the Nine Circles Audio Thing

Promotional review by Short Stop International Film Festival

 “We enjoyed the whole concept of a story album, and we firmly believe that Jansson created a rollercoaster journey that can be interesting for movie and music lovers at the same time.” Read the full review here

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