The Last Film Show

The Last Film Show

India | 2021 | 110 min | Pan Nalin

April 20 - 24, 2022

A mischievous nine-year-old village boy makes friends with the projectionist of a rundown movie theater by bribing him with home-cooked food in exchange for admission in this vivid and jubilant tribute to the magic of movies.

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“I want to become movies.” A semi-autobiographical tale from writer/director Pan Nalin (Samsara, SIFF 2016’s Angry Indian Goddesses), The Last Film Show is a vivid and jubilant tribute to the power of movies. Samay (Bhavin Rabari) is a lower-class nine-year-old boy who lives in a remote village in the Indian state of Gujarat. One day he and his mischievous friends hop on a train and end up at a rundown single-screen cinema, the Galaxy Theater. Though his friends get caught sneaking in and are subsequently ejected, Samay concocts a plan to bribe Faizal the projectionist (Bhavesh Shrimali) with home-cooked food. Now visiting daily, Samay gets to watch from the projectionist’s booth, the best seat in the house, where he learns the tricks of the trades and becomes quite the little cinephile. But heartbreak is just around the corner. Though this sounds much like a certain Oscar®-winning Italian film from 1988, it is its own breathtaking, deeply personal film, a gentle and bittersweet fable about the people who keep cinema alive no matter how old they are.

  • Director: Pan Nalin
  • Principal Cast: Bhavin Rabari, Vikas Bata, Richa Meena
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: India
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 110 min
  • Producer: Pan Nalin, Dheer Momaya, Marc Duale
  • Screenplay: Pan Nalin
  • Cinematographers: Swapnil S. Sonawane
  • Editors: Shreyas Beltangdy, Pavan Bhat
  • Awards: Valladolid Film Festival 2021 (Best Film)
  • Filmography: Angry Indian Goddesses (2015), Faith Connections (doc, 2013), Valley of Flowers (2006), Ayurveda: Art of Being (doc, 2001), Samsara (2001), Amazing World India (doc, 1999), The Devadasi (doc, 1997), Kaal (1996), The Nagas (doc, 1994), The Tulkus (1993)
  • Language: Gujarati
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  • International Sales: Orange Studio