Surprisingly relevant to present-day events, Last Words was written more than six years ago by the independent American filmmaker of the documentary Mondovino, presented in Competition at Cannes in 2004. Back in the Official Selection in 2020, this time Jonathan Nossiter has directed a post-apocalyptic, yet optimistic, tale. In cinemas on 21st October.
The year is 2086 and Earth is deserted following an environmental catastrophe. Humanity is dying. There is nothing left of nature, culture, nor society. With Europe in ruins, a few doomed survivors come together through the rediscovery of cinema.
Jonathan Nossiter was unaware that his film would reflect world events and its survival, as well as cinema’s fate and its survival, with such precision in these troubling times for the future of the world. Adapted from Santiago Amigorena’s account, with choice distribution: Nick Nolte, Charlotte Rampling, Alba Rohrwacher, Stellan Skarsgård and Kalipha Touray, a 19-year-old Gambian refugee who plays “the last human being on the Earth”, Last Words was initially created as fiction aware of the signs it would put forth, an awareness of, as well as a last act of communication, before the end of the world.
« I think I have created an apocalyptic film, filled with tenderness, love, and palpable hope. »
Depicting culture and a happiness to still be alive, depicting beauty and the joy of still being together. Above all, the need to bear witness: what if, at the very end to save us all, all that is left are films?