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The Last Resort

Thanos Anastopoulos, Davide Del Degan
Italy, Greece, France, 2016
Production : Mansarda Production, Fantasia Audiovisual Ltd., Arizona Distribution, Rai Cinema

French, English


At Pedocìn, a popular beach in Trieste, men and women are separated by a concrete wall. Happy in their own segregated areas, everyone brings their own life to the place, enhancing and enriching this unique and picturesque spot. A reflection on borders, identities and generations, “L’Ultima Spiaggia” is a tragi-comedy about human nature.

Tënk's film review

Davide Del Degan and Thanos Anastopoulos take us to a parallel reality, to an institution in Trieste where time and space take on a dimension and value all their own. By crossing the two thresholds with their separate entrances, you enter into two worlds, one entirely feminine and the other completely masculine, both peopled with different microcosms, sometimes strange and comic, sometimes melancholic. This human mapping portrayed by the two directors over an entire year of filming brings us micro-stories where the true protagonist is the memory of events that involved Trieste, a border town par excellence. The question of identity and belonging become a central theme. From nostalgia for the Habsburg’s rule to the sentiment of Slavic affiliation, “Pedocìn” Beach shows us that the biggest walls are often those that people build inside themselves, as it becomes the “last resort” to think about divisions and the notion of welcome.

Claudia Maci
Managing Director of Festival dei Popoli

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Thanos Anastopoulos

Thanos Anastopoulos was born in Athens and spends his time between Italy and Greece. His first feature, “Atlas - tout le poids du monde” (Atlas - Olo to varos tou kosmou) was presented at the Rotterdam festival in 2004. His second film, “Correction” (Diorthosi) was selected in Berlin in 2008 and represented Greece in the Oscars. In 2013, he made “La Fille”, selected at both Berlin and Toronto.

Davide Del Degan

Davide Del Degan began his career as an assistant director and made his first short film, “A corto d'amore” in 2001. His second short film, “Interno 9” was nominated at the David di Donatello (Academy of Italian Cinema) and won the Golden Globe awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2004. In 2011, his multi-award-winning “Habibi” received the Nastro d’Argento from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.

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