INCLINATIONS Film Club
The Last City
Wed 14 June 2023
Courtesy of the filmmaker and Filmgalerie 451
INCLINATIONS film club presents:
THE LAST CITY (2020)
Duration: 1h 40m
An archeologist and a weapons designer – who, in a prior life, knew each other as a filmmaker and a psychoanalyst – meet at an archeological excavation site in the Negev Desert and begin discussing love and war; a conversation they continue in the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva. The film then proceeds with changing actors in changing roles; a round dance that takes us to the cities of Athens, Berlin, Hong Kong and São Paulo. The characters include: an old artist, who meets his younger self; a mother, who lives with her two grown sons – a priest and a policeman; a Chinese woman and a Japanese woman; a curator and a cosmologist.
Their dialogues deal with now obsolete social taboos, generational conflict, war guilt and cosmological musings. The architecture of each of the five cities serves as the third participant in the protagonists' dialogues, and completes their philosophical and metaphysical journeys.
The veteran filmmaker Heinz Emigholz is best known for his 100 architectural films without people or voices. In ‘The Last City’, he returns to narrative filmmaking after 25 years. The result is an irreverent mix of the casual and perfectionist, the absurd and the confessional, a handmade, queer set of collisions.
Shown at over 15 festivals internationally, nominated for the German Film Critics' Award 2021 and awarded Special Jury Award at Documenta Madrid 2020. This is the UK/Scottish premiere.