a short film 


During the COVID pandemic, when hospitals prohibit visitors, a young woman tries to keep her palliative mother at home, while grappling with her own physical and emotional disintegration.


Written & Directed by Joanna Decc
Produced by Ahlam Hassan & Philippe Corbin 
Director of Photography Mack Calistan  
Assistant Director Goldbloom Micomonaco
1st AC Adrian Muir
2nd AC Alex Berceanu
On Set Coach/Associate Producer Jane Moffat
Production Designer Logan Graham Greene
Location Sound Recordist Keth Sivakumar
Gaffer Willy Minh Le
Key Grip Eamon Hills
Swing Sam Pearce
Steadicam Jan Schäle Ubeda
Script Supervisor Reshma Chandran
Editor Kalainithan Kalaichelvan
Assistant Editor Dylan Ntwali
Sound Editor João Thiré 
Set Dresser Lysandra Falsitta
Set Dresser Hannah Simard

Hair and Makeup Michael Cubero
Painting Izabella Orlowski
BTS Hayley Keenan*

*photographs on website taken by Hayley



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 us via the contact at the bottom of the page. 

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.

Produced with the assistance of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).