Lithuanian Duo’s Faith Tested in ‘The Cloud’

A girl’s mysterious disappearance sends her bereaved mother on a search for answers. But the unsettling truths she discovers will force her to rethink her ideas of God and faith, in a potentially haunting series that probes at eternal questions about life after death.

“The Cloud” is partly set on earth and partly in an imagined afterlife, where human consciousness is uploaded into a digital blizzard of zeros and ones. Created by Lithuania’s Domanté Urmonaité and Martynas Mendelis, the 8 x 50’ series was selected for the drama series pitching competition in MIA.

Built around the season-long story arc of the girl’s disappearance, “The Cloud” will use parallel story lines to explore existential dilemmas about faith, mortality and the afterlife. “How far can blind faith take you? How far can we go by trusting our lives to artificial minds?” the creators asked. “At its core, ‘The Cloud’ is a show about faith. And we’re not talking only about faith in God. It’s also about faith in the greater purpose, faith in destiny, and faith in human beings.”

Urmonaité and Mendelis said the idea grew out of their own curiosity and uncertainty. “We are constantly wondering about the future and challenging each other with all kinds of ‘what if’ questions,” they said. “These questions inspire us to speculate on new conspiracy theories and look for proof that they might exist in our real world. This time, we became obsessed with the idea that religion could be a device designed by Artificial Intelligence.”

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