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Gianluca Matarrese – The Last Chapter #SIC36

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The closing night film of Critic’s Week in Venice is a documentary about time and memory, and personal choices.

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6 min. and 11 sec.

PODCAST | Angelo Acerbi interviews Gianluca Matarrese, director of the film The Last Chapter.

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With his film The Last Chapter, Gianluca Matarrese closed the Cirtic’s Week at the Venice Film Festival. The film focuses on the memory of the past, the acknowledgement of it by the younger generations and the choices we make towards our memories, when we grow old. He tells us the path the film made him do personally on these issues.

The Last Chapter: Bernard has just retired. He is 63 years old, he lives alone with his two cats and decides to move to a new house, the one where he will live the last chapter of the novel of his life. Preparing the boxes, start making a selection: what do I leave here, what do I bring? Bernard is my master and I am his slave. Her latest lover. I help him to put the whip in a box, between the crumbs of his memory, the memories of the loves that AIDS has stolen from his arms, the traces of an adoptive family that rejected him, of the rigid upbringing that he forged it, of a mother and father he never knew. Our sexual games are opportunities for two generations to meet: between a whiplash and a leather harness we discuss love, death, the AIDS epidemic in the Eighties, his new life project, us. The wounds and grave goods of a survivor, a cry of life in the light of sexual impulses.


  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Gianluca Matarrese
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Last Chapter
  • Festival section
    Critic's Week
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