Last Words

Jonathan Nossiter, Italy, France, USA 2020, 126’
Funny Face Never Rarely Sometimes Always

The year is 2086, and the world is in the wake of a climate catastrophe. A nameless narrator (Kalipha Touray) tells his story: two years earlier, he escaped from London, which was flooded by a poisoned sea, to a Paris that was being deserted. There, his sister—the last pregnant woman on Earth—was brutally murdered. The desperate young man then met an old man (Nick Nolte) who shows films from the Cineteca di Bologna archives, which serve as the protagonists’ last link with the world before the catastrophe. They hit the road together... Last Words, the latest film by the independent American director Jonathan Nossiter, is a tribute to cinema, on the one hand, and a ruthless dystopia, on the other. It’s rife with horror, which may recall John Hillcoat’s The Road, as well as the sort of magic seen in Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild. The international co-production, based on a novel by the Argentinean writer Santiago Amigorena, was made with a star-studded cast that includes Charlotte Rampling, Stellan Skarsgård, and Alba Rohrwacher.

Adam Kruk

Jonathan Nossiter

Born in Washington in 1961, Jonathan Nossiter is an American filmmaker. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Dartmouth College; he currently lives in Italy. He made his film debut with Resident Alien, and his film Sunday won the 1997 Sundance Festival. His acclaimed documentary Mondovino took part in the Cannes competition in 2004. His latest film, Last Words, a dystopia on a grand scale that warns against the effects of global warming, also qualified for the competition at Cannes.


1990 Resident Alien

1997 Niedziela / Sunday

2004 W świecie wina / Mondovino

2014 Upór natury / Natural Resistance

2020 Ostatnie słowa / Last Words

Cast & Crew

director Jonathan Nossiter
screenplay Jonathan Nossiter, Santiago Amigorena (novel)
cinematography Clarissa Cappellani
editing Jonathan Nossiter
music Tom Smail
cast Kalipha Touray, Nick Nolte, Charlotte Rampling, Alba Rohrwacher, Stellan Skarsgård
producer Donatella Palermo, Serge Lalou, Laurent Baujard, Santiago Amigorena
production Stemal Entertainment, Les Films d'Ici, Paprika Films, Sagax Entertainment, Rai Cinema, Les Films du Rat
sales The Party Film Sales
language English, French, Italian, German
coloration colour
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