The Last of Us (Akher Wahed Fina) by Ala Eddine Slim, in competition at the 31st Venice International Film Critics’ Week is the winner of the Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentis Venice Award for a Debut Film of the 73rd Venice Film Festival.
With no dialogue, The Last of Us tracks a Sub-Saharan man through the desert to North Africa where he steals a boat. When it breaks down in the middle of the sea, he begins an imaginary surrealistic odyssey where he meets an older man, who might be an altered version of himself, and, in a wild landscape, rediscovers his relationship with primary nature. “A philosophical fable on being lost”. (Giona A. Nazzaro)
“Against the blindness that dominate states and for the freedom of man and woman, there is one possible territory: that of imagination, where borders do not exists anymore. Cinema does not belong to any territory and faces the insanity of our present. Images and sounds therefore become our daily bread. For more than a week I crossed faces and landscapes, the energy that watches over the Lido. I want to thank the team of the Venice International Critics’ Week, the jurors, Biennale, and all the erratic spectators who dream of cinema with their eyes wide open.” (Ala Eddine Slim – Director)
“The Last of Us (Akher Wahed Fina) by Ala Eddine Slim is a debut film that not resembling to anything seen in contemporary cinema, positions itself at the center of our present and of the world. A visionary and realistic work that re-launches the primacy of the gaze while facing the most serious of humanitarian emergencies of our present, offering a very powerful image of what the future of cinema can bring.” (Giona A. Nazzaro -General Delegate of the 31st Venice International Film Critics’ Week)
The Last of Us is the tenth film of th Venice International Film Critics’ week awarded with the Lion Of the Future since 1999, year of the establishment of the prize. Below the other awarded films: Questo è il giardino by Giovanni Davide Maderna (1999), La faute à Voltaire by Abdel Kechiche (2000), Due amici by Spiro Scimone, Roger Dodger by Dylan Kidd (2002), Le grand voyage by Ismael Ferroukhi (2004), Pranzo di Ferragosto by Gianni Di Gregorio (2008), Là-bas by Guido Lombardi (2011), Kuf by Ali Aydin (2012) and White Shadow by Noaz Deshe (2013).
Organized by the National Union of Italian Film Critics’s within the Venice International Film Festival, the Venice International Film Critics’ Week is made possible thanks to the contribution of the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo – Direzione Generale per il Cinema, the support of BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, the sponsoring of the Region of Veneto, Autonomous Province of Trento, Hotel Saturnia & International, Tiziana Rocca Production and the Instituto Luce – Cinecittà.