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Last Film Show

Directed by Pan Nalin
111 minutes
In Pan Nalin’s (Samsara, 2001; Angry Indian Goddesses, SFF 2016) glorious love letter to cinema – and food – a 9-year-old boy discovers films for the first time and becomes wholly obsessed.
Samay grows up in a small, remote village in India where his father ekes out a living running a railway station tea stall. His conservative father believes cinema is immoral. Nonetheless, one day he takes the entire family to a religious film (where the audience literally worships the gods they see on screen). Samay is instantly hooked. Against his father’s wishes, he returns to the cinema each day. With the lovingly prepared lunch boxes made by his mother, Samay bribes the projectionist to let him watch movies for free. But change is coming, both to the village and to the world of cinema, and Samay must go to extraordinary lengths to maintain his cinema fix. In a time when we have so missed films on the big screen, Last Film Show leaves us yearning for many, many more.
Alive with movie love, Last Film Show is a dynamic comic drama, energized by superb casting — beginning with the terrific Bhavin Rabari as Samay — and a vivid sense of place.
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
This film took me back to when my love of cinema began.
David Stratton, The Australian

Films showing at this event:

Martha, an Indigenous woman, works tirelessly in a laundromat, until the monotonous routine is interrupted by a mysterious visitor who reminds her of the life she left behind. Winner Best Australian Short at MIFF.


Sat 14 Oct
BCC Cinemas Toowoomba Strand
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In Gujarati with English subtitles
Pan Nalin
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