a short film in Pre-production


This story is based on real events that occurred during the summer of 2020 at the height of the COVID pandemic. The story unravels to reveal a series of moments in the life of Alette, who is taking care of her ailing mother at home due to restrictions on hospital visitations. Despite the periodic visits of Luna, a homecare nurse, Alette begins to fall into a chasm of emotional and physical disintegration as she deals with the neurological changes occurring in her mother, accompanied by the physical demands of being the sole caregiver for a loved one.


Written & Directed by Joanna Decc
Produced by Ahlam Hassan & Philippe Corbin
Cinematography by Mack Calistan

Interested in joining the crew?
If you’re interested in being a part of the project please submit a cover letter + resume to

*If applying for positions in the camera department please list any relevant experience with analogue film. 



The film will be shot on 16mm film, and will be in cooperation with ACTRA. For the director’s treatment, moodboard, and other documents related to the film or for general information please email


Amour by Michael Haneke
A Separation by Asghar Farhadi
One True Thing by Carl Franklin
Never Rarely Sometimes Always by Eliza Hitman
A Woman Under the Influence by John Cassavetes 


Quarter- finalist, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards; Honorable Mention, The Finish Line Script Competition; Second Rounder, Austin Film Festival Script Competition;


“Bleak as the Setting Sun is a short film that packs a devastating punch. Every scene is bursting with a startling emotional intimacy that is sure to capture a general audience’s attention. It’s truthful and impactful without being too heavy-handed. It has a ‘soft’ narrative progression that still manages to take you on a journey in a naturalistic way. Overall, the script’s exploration into loss, the pandemic, and love is marvelous.” (1)

“This is a fascinating slice of life piece...There is always something to be said for a timely piece. We humans love to see our world reflected on the screen and we so often gravitate towards stories that comment on the world we’re living in. Now is the time to make a film like this one. I believe there are a ton of people who can and will resonate with it and you are performing an important service by telling this story.” (2)

“Bleak as the Setting Sun is indeed bleak, but quite well written and emotionally powerful story of a young woman caring for her mother during Covid. The uniqueness of this time is her inability to be with her at the hospital, therefore, taking care of her at home, which is overwhelming. As they say, you can’t make this stuff up and the script feels genuine and detailed in a way that shows clear practical understanding of the situation and the challenges.” (3)

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.