THE FIRST, THE LAST (LES PREMIERS, LES DERNIERS)

Esther and Willy are handicapped. And in love. And on the run. Perhaps from Gilou and Colise, two burly, bearded snoopers in the van who are trying to get a fix on Willy’s mobile phone? Or from the man who calls himself Jesus and has the stigmata on his hands to prove it? Or from the men from a nearby warehouse who are searching for the perpetrator who has violated the wife of their boss? And who is the mummy in the sleeping bag? Set in a sparse European landscape dissected by electricity pylons and roads, Belgian director Bouli Lanners’ film is a weirdly beautifully late western in which roughnecks show their soft side and the fact that two people belong together is symbolized by their wearing of high-vis jackets. Terseness meets love, violence meets faith. Michael Lonsdale cultivates orchids and the incomparable Max von Sydow as a priest sings a farewell song to a corpse. Lanners, who also plays a leading role, directs with a talent for surprise and excitement. The film hides clues about the plot in buildings, cars and in the dialogue. And anyone who thinks they have figured out the story after five minutes is wrong.

 

FRENCH | FRANCE, BELGIUM | 2016                        

DRAMA, THRILLER | FEATURE | 98 MIN | DCP | COLOR

 

Director: BOULI LANNERS

Director Biography:

Born in Moresnet-Chapelle, Belgium in 1965, he studied at the Académie Royaledes Beaux Arts in Liège and first worked as an actor before becoming a film director in 1995. His 2011 film LES GÉANTS (The Giants) screened in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and also won the Magritte Award for Best Film in Belgium

 

Cast: 
Albert Dupontel 

Bouli Lanners

Suzanne Clément

Michael Lonsdale

David Murgia

 

Crew: 
Writer-Director: Bouli Lanners

Producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Catherine Bozorgan

Director of photography: Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd

Production designer: Paul Rouschop

Costume designer: Elise Ancion

Editor: Ewin Ryckaert

Music: Pascal Humbert

 

Festivals:

Berlinale 2016