LAST DANCE (LA FIN DE L’ETE)
U.S Premiere| France | 2019 | Drama | 92 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Hélène Angel
Written by: Hélène Angel
Cinematography: Nicolas Mesdom
Film Editing: Sylvie Lager
Produced by: Arnaud Jalbert (Albertine Productions), Arte France
Cast: Bernard Le Coq (André), Christiane Millet (Françoise), Talid Ariss (Ali), Maël Rouin Berrandou, Alexia Chardard
International Sales: Film & Picture
Original Broadcast: Arte, TBA
Last Dance is a coming-of-age story for both young and old. Ali is 16 and more than eager to lose his virginity. He and his younger brother, Selim, leave Paris to spend their summer vacation with their grandparents in the Dordogne. The lush countryside beckons with sensuality and the promise of first love. However, Ali’s grandparents are also at a turning point… as his grandmother’s cognitive functions become increasingly shaky and his grandfather does everything in his power to try to mask the truth. A unique moment for both generations. And perhaps the last summer they’ll ever be able to share in this way.
Director Hélène Angel studied filmmaking at La Fémis, where she directed two short films. Her third short, La Vie Parisienne won the 1995 Audience Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. In 1999, she wrote and directed her first feature, Skin of Man, Heart of Beast, which was honored with the Golden Leopard in Locarno. She subsequently wrote the screenplay for Sister Welsh’s Night, and wrote and directed feature films Dragon Knight, Forbidden House and Elementary, as well as the Arte documentary Hôtel des longues peines. Last Dance is her first TV movie.
Presented in association with:
Film & Picture
WIF (Women In Film)