It’s 2085. A young man looks on as two of the few survivors shake hands, a rare greeting to a dried-up human community.
“It’s been a long time since anyone offered me his hand.”
Zyberski (Stellan Skarsgård)’s tearful laughter as he greets Shakespeare (Nick Nolte) says it all: this is a decimated place and an injured human race. In the preview for Last words, from Gravitas Ventures, Kal (Kalipha Touray) embarks on a quest to find others and rebuild a human community after a series of apocalyptic tsunamis.
“Today is June 20, 2086. Was I the last?” asks Cal in French as we watch his journey through the empty streets of the city.
The science fiction indie drama follows two generations after Cal finds Shakespeare and, finally, a struggling last human community in what was once Greece. The gray-haired old guard introduces the young Cal to what once was the world through an enigmatic treasure.
“Do you understand what that is?” Shakespeare Questions Cal.
The mysterious booty turns out to be multiple film wheels, all bearing the inscription “Cineteca di Bologna”. In the ruins of a cinema, the group can make a screening of these film strips, showing live theater in a temple with Doric pillars.
The symbolism is impressive: The setting where in antiquity, the theater flourished for the first time, revealing the complex human drama from the stage. Culture re-emerges in this sanctified place, where people try again to create living lives by imitating existence through art. Excerpts from Greek and English works reveal the always special and always comprehensive spectacle of personal interaction. Even the title of the excerpts from the film, “Cineteca di Bologna”, proves to be a real location. The Film Archive in Bologna, Italy, founded on May 18, 1962, is one of the largest film archives in the world.
The display of these excerpts provides a renewed purpose for the larger inhabitants of this tiny breed, while the boy discovers the meaning of common joy for the first time. Their trip to Athens is now motivated by a mission: To create their own camera to immortalize humanity and rekindle the wealth of life.
Last words directed by Jonathan Nossiter, who also adapted the screenplay for Santiago Amigorena’s novel My last words (My last words). The Italian production was scheduled to premiere at the premiere of the Cannes Film Festival 2020 before the festival was canceled.
Last words will now be released in cinemas and upon order on December 17th. Film is important, revealing why the films and the recording of our existence can be so integral. Entertainment brings people together and connects them not only with the art of production, but by providing a record of our craziest dreams, the harshest realities and the emotions that move like waves between us.
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