THE LAST SHOT
full length film (90 min) 35 mm colour
Directed by Benoît Peeters
Festivals of Locarno, Cairo, Cottbus, Brussels
The story of a man who wanted to forget his life
and to whom another man comes to recount it...
Virgil, a young Roumanian film maker, arrives in Paris with his little camera. He has come to follow the trail left by his fellow countryman, the famous writer Constantin Dolinescu, who, after numerous books and several years in prison, has exiled himself in France with the idea of making a film. But this project had turned into a fiasco ; the script was revised endlessly, one producer remplaced another, and Dolinescu himself, incapable of directing the actors, completely fell apart.
Virgil uncovers all these escapades little by little, via interviews with the parisian intelligentsia: Pierre Arditi, Erik Orsenna, Jean-Michel Jarre, all of whom were involved in the affair. But as to the fate of Dolinescu, nobody can - or will - say anything. And Virgil adds a strange sort of fervour to the quest - implying strongly personal reasons for his actions.
It is finally Sonia, the leading lady of the unfinished film, who enables him to track down the writer. But from then on, the search and its filming are revealed as nothing more than pretexts, obscuring family dramas, complex romantic attachments, not to mention several broken lives. Virgil, having come to make a film about someone else, has succeeded in telling his own story.
Virgil Iancu Florin Piersic Jr
Sonia Delange / Vera Manuela Servais
Constantin Dolinescu Mihai Dinvale
Ludovic Pierre Arditi
Toma Constantin Florescu
Zamiatine Bernard Marbaix
Judith Marchal Valérie Van Nitsen
Jean Dumaurier Jean-Michel Vovk
Pavel Bernard Graczyk
Virgil (as a child) Antoine Berger
Claude Rulisse Robert Bodson
and as themselves
Pierre Arditi Jean-Michel Jarre
Pierre Assouline François Schuiten
Erik Orsenna Pierre Drouot
Bernard Pivot Paul Germain
Ella van den Hove
original music score
Les Piérides (Brussels)
Le Centre du Cinéma et de lAudiovisuel
de la Communauté française de Belgique
la Loterie Nationale
les télédistributeurs wallons
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