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by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli


A sailing boat is at anchor in a bay off of a Apulian island. Naomi, a young Japanese woman, after having lost custody of her six year-old son, Ken, will be spending her last four days with him on board the boat of her father-in-law. In a hostile environment, Naomi faces the difficulty of approaching Ken under the controlling glare of the crew. Alex notices Naomi’s attempts to connect with Ken and eases his control, entering into conflict with the rest of the crew. When Naomi’s hopes seem lost Ken starts to take an interest in her, thus reducing the distance between them. The crew, in conflict with the captain, informs the boat’s owner. Alex, disobeying his employer’s wishes, takes Naomi and Ken to a beach where they can be alone and bond for the first time. Back on the boat, a timeless day magnifies the weight of their last goodbye and when Ken falls asleep, Naomi must leave. Watching the boat sail away, Naomi sees Ken for one last time wearing the mask she has made for him as a parting gift – the Japanese god of the sea.

original title: Last Summer
country: Italy
sales agent: Fortissimo Films
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
film run: 94'
release date: IT 30/10/2014
screenplay: Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Ken Brady, Yorick van Wageningen, Lucy Griffiths, Laura Sofia Bach, Daniel Ball
cinematography by: Gianfilippo Corticelli
film editing: Monika Willi
art director: Francesco Fonda
costumes designer: Milena Canonero
producer: Elda Ferri, Luigi Musini
production: Jean Vigo Italia, Cinemaundici, Rai Cinema
backing: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, Essentia, BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Fondazione Apulia Film Commission
distributor: Bolero Film


main awards/selection

Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma 2014 Prospettive Italia
Bari International Film Festival 2015 

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