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Last Station, The (letzte Station, Die)

Last Station, The
James McAvoy, Kerry Condon, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti (photo © Egoli Tossell Film Halle/The Little Film Company)

Young Nelu grows up in the poverty of the Romanian hinterland. When his grandfather dies, this marks the end of his youth. On the day after grandfather's burial, Nelu sets off - weighed down with the hopes of his father - to the big city to learn a profession and increase the family's standing. Nelu's quiet and understanding way with people, his constantly sad eyes are an invaluable advantage for Radvan Balan, the head of a private funeral parlour. In his trade, discretion and sympathy are required and Nelu is the ideal man for his enterprise. Feigned feelings and grotesque thoughts of one's own interests are human shortcomings for which Nelu shows understanding. Until his father of all people dies whilst visiting his son. Despite all of the newly learnt, fashionable methods of professional burial, his father has a right to a traditional, honest burial and so Nelu sets off with the corpse on a journey back to the place where this still seems possible - back to their home.....


Bogdan Dumitrescu-Dreyer was born in Romania in 1962. He moved to Germany in 1980 and studied at the Libera Università del Cinema di Roma (Italy) where he graduated in 1987 and is now teaching as a guest professor. He subsequently worked as an assistant director and made his feature film debut in 1990 with Where The Sun Is Cold (Wo die Sonne kalt ist). His other films include: Spicchi di Specchi (short), Deja-Vu (short), Suspance (short), Wundergeschichten (Storia di Miracoli, short, 1987), Thalassa, Thalassa! (1994), and The Last Station (Die letzte Station, 1997).
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Bogdan Dumitrescu-Dreyer
Screenplay Bogdan Dumitrescu-Dreyer, Leo Benvenuti, Massimo Bavastro, Piero De Bernadi
Cinematography Doru Mitran
Adina Georgescu
Adrian Enescu
Cast Marion Kracht, Sergio Rubini
Producer Daniel Zuta
Production Company Daniel Zuta Filmproduktion/Frankfurt, in co-production with ARTE, Filmex Romania, Bukarest
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 Romanian
Subtitled Version Italian
Sound Technology Dolby
With backing from Hessische Filmfoerderung, Hessische Rundfunk Filmfoerderung, BMI

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