The Last Ones
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    The Last Ones

    Viimased

    Directed by

    Estonia, Finland, Netherlands

    2020

    117 min

    • Finnish
    • Spanish

    Drama

    Scope Expanded - 2021 Academy Award Submissions for Best International Feature

    The Lapland tundra. Dilapidated shipping containers and construction trailers are piled up in a mining village, a hotbed of tension between reindeer herders and local miners. Rupi, a tough young miner, estranged from his family of reindeer herders, falls in love with his friend’s wife, who has also caught the eye of the owner of the mine, nicknamed The Fisherman. The two men are set on a collision course after The Fisherman seems to have killed the husband and Rupi escapes into the tundra with the wife. What can a young man do at all, under this endless and indifferent sky? Kill, kill, kill? Dance, dance, dance?

    Awards

    • Estonia's Submission to the 93rd Academy Awards
    • Best Baltic Feature Film (Baltic Competition) - Tallinn Black Nights FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Pääru Oja
    Laura Birn
    Tommi Korpela
    Elmer Bäck
    Samuli Edelmann
    Sulevi Peltola
    Emmi Parviainen
    Jarkko Lahti
    Screenplay
    Veiko Õunpuu
    Heikki Huttu-Hiltunen
    Eero Tammi
    Cinematography
    Sten Johan Lill E.S.C.
    Editing
    Wouter van Luijn
    Xander Nijsten
    Sales
    LOCO FILMS
    Production
    HOMELESS BOB PRODUCTION

    Press

    Paints a brutal portrait of the other side of the Lapland dream

    Cineuropa

    Veiko Ounpuu’s ‘Nordic Western’ vividly conveys a sense of place and of a faltering way of life.

    Screen Daily

    Veiko Õunpuu

    Veiko Õunpuu

    Estonia

    To me, a good film is essentially something “Wagnerian”: both wurst and schnitzel on the same plate. There must be excesses, reconciled extremes, naiveté and disillusionment combined, and executed almost in bad taste.

    Veiko’s debut AUTUMN BALL (2007) was awarded in Venice Orizzonti in 2007. For his second film THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY (2008) he received the European Talent Award in 2008. The film premiered at Sundance and Rotterdam. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the 100 most intriguing contemporary film directors in the book 10-10 in Film by Phaidon Publishing. Veiko’s feature FREE RANGE - BALLAD ON APPROVING OF THE WORLD (2014) premiered in Berlinale in 2014. His latest film, THE LAST ONES (2020), was selected at Les Arcs’ Works in Progress, then awarded at Tallinn Black Nights FF as the Best Baltic Feature, and is Estonia’s official submission to the 93rd Academy Awards.

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