A movie about the magic of movies had better be magical, and this one truly is. Pan Nalin’s semi-autobiographical film explores the nature of creation from the perspective of spirited 9-year-old Samay, as he bribes his way into watching a summer’s worth of on-screen wonders from a rundown movie-house projection booth. In this enchanted fable, chock-full of the colors and food of India, there are echoes of Cinema Paradiso. Just as that Italian classic is a paean to cinema, so is Last Film Show—and a love story between a boy and film. Samay and his gang of cinephiles literally chase the light in a quest to make stories come to life. Film transports us all, but in this India it has an even more transportive, transformative quality; Nalin’s drama honors its characters, their struggles, passions, and especially the journeys by which they become dreamers, storytellers, and creators themselves. Time, youth, cinema: all fleeting, all magical. –Ravinder Kingra
In Gujarati with English subtitles
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Saturday, Oct 16, 4:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
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Self-taught filmmaker Pan Nalin was born in the remote village of Adatala in India. A writer, director, and producer of fiction and nonfiction cinema, his previous features include Samsara (2001), Valley of Flowers (2006), and Angry Indian Goddesses (2015).