LAST WORDS

Italy/France
2020
126 minutes

director.gif (905 bytes)Jonathan Nossiter

CAST

Nick Nolte - Shakespeare
Kalipha Touray - Man Without Name
Stellan Skarsgård - Polish doctor
Charlotte Rampling - Batlk
Alba Rohrwacher - Dima

Premiere - Italy's Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival
August 31, 2020




SYNOPSIS

It’s 2085. There is no more electricity or machines on Earth. The planet is mostly a vast desert. Crops no longer grow. Children have not been born for a decade and there are very few people left alive due to a virus that debilitates people’s lungs. A young African finds a cache of film reels in a Paris apartment, all bearing the inscription “Cineteca di Bologna.” He will become the world’s last moviemaker after traveling across Europe to Athens.


button_box.gif (205 bytes)PRODUCTION NOTES & PHOTOS:

 Shot in Italy, France and Morocco through the autumn of 2018.

 

button_box.gif (205 bytes)MOVIE IMAGES

  Photos from Italy's Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival in Bologna

button_box.gif (205 bytes)REVIEWS

"If Nossiter deals with the neglect of men towards their nourishing planet - the subject at the center of his film - he declares in 'Last Words' his love of cinema. At the screening of the many films in the film, one viewer exclaims that the characters on the screen are 'more alive than themselves'. Magnificent metaphor of the 7th art, which seems to echo the 'bigger than life'  which often qualifies cinema today, like a slogan."   ...Jacky Bornet, French film critic

"The Greek temples which populate the backgrounds testify less to the greatness of an ancient civilization than to its simple disappearance. To come face to face with them means to contemplate what will never come back - and it is this look at death that lies at the heart of 'Last Words'".   ...French film critic Adrien Mitterrand

"'Last Words' points none-too-subtly to what becomes of society when culture, education and health care are neglected: Africa is submerged, the Red Sea is spreading, fertility — human and soil — is kaput. Today’s humans should be familiar with all the film clips incorporated but the director laments that film culture is going the way of AGRIculture (Nossiter, in resistance mode, runs an organic farm in Italy). Consumer culture won’t nourish a single person come the Apocalypse, he warns, but the sacred act of storytelling might."   ...Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

"Although it shot with a modest budget, the movie boasts a high production value, notably thanks to the cinematography and filming locations, from the Moroccan desert to Southern Italy and Bologna."    ...Elsa Keslassy, Variety