The Last to See Them

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    The Last to See Them

    Gli ultimi a vederli vivere

    Directed by

    Germany

    2019

    79 min

    • Italian

    Drama

    The Durati family lead an idyllic, secluded life in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by olive groves. Their daily routines are not particularly spectacular, although the eldest daughter is soon to be married and each of the family members is preparing for the wedding in their own way.
    The film makes no secret of the fact that father Enzo, mother Alice, daughter Dora and son Matteo will not survive the coming day. The knowledge of their imminent demise changes how the viewer sees their everyday actions, their plans both big and small. The fragility of life shines through and it almost feels like everything is slowing down. The smallest events are shown from different perspectives, lending them greater significance. The editing, music and tracking shots make the inescapable end appear like a trancelike countdown. Death and manslaughter are common film themes. By concentrating so radically on the “before”, Sara Summa tells the story of a brutal crime in an entirely unique way. THE LAST TO SEE THEM is much more a tender tale of life than one of death. We’re the last to see them living.

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    Cast
    Canio Lancellotti
    Pasquale Lioi
    Barbara Verrastro
    Donatella Viola
    Massimiliano Bossa
    Mauro De Felice
    Michela Imperatore
    Samantha Lioi
    Rocco Martino
    Antonio Martino
    Screenplay
    Sara Summa
    Cinematography
    Katharina Schelling
    Editing
    Sara Summa
    Valeska Grisebach
    Music
    Ben Roessler
    Production
    DFFB
    Sara Summa

    Sara Summa

    France

    Born in France in 1988, studied Film at universities in France, Italy and the USA. Since 2013, she has been studying Film Direction at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). THE LAST TO SEE THEM is her first feature-length film.