Pan Nalin | 2022 | Drama | India, France, US | Gujarati with English subtitles | 110 minutes
India’s official entry to the 95th Academy Awards!
ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2022 WINNER – Best film: “The Last Film Show,” directed by Pan Nalin (India)
Samay, a 9-year-old boy living with his family in a remote village in India discovers films for the first time and is absolutely mesmerized. Against his father’s wishes, he returns to the cinema day after day to watch more films, and even befriends the projectionist, who, in exchange for his lunch box, lets him watch movies for free. He quickly figures out that stories become light, light becomes films, and films become dreams. Samay and his wild gang of friends move heaven and earth to catch and project light to achieve a 35mm film projection. Together, they use an innovative hack and jubilantly succeed in making a film projection apparatus. But following your dreams often means leaving things behind.
The partly autobiographical drama takes Director Nalin back to his roots in Saurashtra, Gujarat, western India, where “Last Film Show” was filmed. The story is set against the backdrop of Indian cinemas witnessing a massive transition from celluloid to digital where hundreds of single-screen cinemas are either in ruins or have disappeared altogether. “Last Film Show is about hope, improbable hope, and a celebration of filmmakers who dare to share their dreams of a better future for us all…” said Pan Nalin.
“Last Film Show is as visually intoxicating (the glimpses of vibrantly colored films, the sight of meals simmering in herbs so gorgeous that you’ll swear you’ll smell the aroma) as it is thematically rich.” – Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle.