Lauded Filipino auteur Raya Martin (Independencia) and Canadian critic-filmmaker Mark Peranson collaborate with Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) and frequent Nicolás Pereda star Gabino Rodriguez for this feverish, aesthetically startling re-imagining of Dennis Hopper’s notorious cult classic The Last Movie.
La última película
Raya Martin, Mark Peranson
Playing as part of RP31 and La última película
Reimagining Dennis Hopper’s 1970 film maudit The Last Movie, it accompanies a disillusioned and delusional American filmmaker (Alex Ross Perry, director and star of The Color Wheel) and his bemused local guide (Gabino Rodríguez, frequent star of the films of Nicolás Pereda) while the former conceives, prepares and ultimately makes a psychedelic Western in the Yucatán. This cult curio in the making critically and romantically explores the aesthetic ramifications of the shift from film to video, employing multiple formats to create an alchemical collage.
Set on the brink of the Mayan Apocalypse
and conjuring up the combustive atmosphere
and combative spirit of seventies
American independent cinema, this fact/
fiction hybrid delves into the fissures of our
scattered, globalized era, leaving a host of
cinematic clichés in its wake. With humour
and passion to spare, La última película
looks backwards and forwards at the same
time, creating an oneiric gesture toward
salvation even as it considers its own
demise. Is this filmmaking as criticism?
Or a feverish and wry cri de coeur for an art
form that has radically altered the way we
see the world?