The trailer (below) debuts for Lucas Nathrath’s “One Last Evening,” which had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger Competition. The film was the winner of the First Look Award as part of the Art category at the Locarno Film Festival. Beta Cinemas is handling international sales.
The film is set during the pandemic, and centers on a young couple who want a fresh start, moving from Hanover to Berlin. Lisa is an up-and-coming doctor preparing for a new position; Clemens is a talented but failed singer-songwriter crippled by self-doubt.
To say goodbye, they host a dinner party in their now empty flat. But good friends cancel — and uninvited guests show up. As the participants begin to notice each other’s accomplishments, the evening slowly progresses, leading to an emotional crash that reveals misunderstandings, rivalries, animosity, and anxiety.
Sebastian Jacob Doppelbauer starred in the film, and wrote the screenplay with Nathrath and is a producer with Nathrath and Linus Günther. Production company Clinkerfilm.
The ensemble cast includes Pauline Werner, Suzanne Dorothea Schneider, Nicolai Gemmell and Isabelle von Stauffenberg.
In his production notes, Nathrath says the characters “crave for adventure and distraction after social distancing.”
He adds: “Although they do not suffer materially, they fear inadequacy in a success-oriented society. All of them are unhappy and lonely in their own way – yet they want to appear cheerful and strong.
“For me, this dissociation between facade and emotion offers a lot of tragicomic potential for conflict and awkwardness. I am interested in portraying characters with hope and self-delusion, who try to save face but eventually lose their composure.”
Among the films that inspired Nathrath and Doppelbauer were “Everybody Else” by Maren Ade, “Oh Boy” by Jan-Ole Garster, “Wild Tales” by Damian Ciphon, “Husband and Wife” by Woody Allen, and “The Revelation” by Thomas Vinterberg. Nathrath says these are films where “civilized behavior begins to crack and everyday situations often escalate into bourgeois settings”.
Another influence was Anton Chekhov’s play, “In which people living in a backwater yearn for a new existence in Moscow but never reach it.”