The last chapter
La dernière séance
A sexual adventure between a master and a slave
becomes a daring and intimate exchange between two generations
Directed by: Gianluca Matarrese
Duration: 100 min
A young filmmaker and an older man on the verge of retiring. It begins as a sexual adventure, mutual desire, games of domination and submission, master and slave. But it becomes much more, an exchange between generations, both joyous and fearful. Between a whip and a leather harness they discuss love, death, the AIDS epidemic of the 80s, a project for a new life, their own bond. An intimate and daring story about friendship and love, a relentless tale of life approaching its ending.
Gianluca Matarrese (1980) was born in Torino and moved to Paris in 2002 to study cinema and theater. He graduated in History and Critique of North American Cinema at the University of Torino and Paris VIII, also graduating at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. In 2008 he started working in French television, as author, reporter, artistic coordinator, segment producer. His own sit-comedy show aired for 100 episodes on OCS networks in France. He also works as an actor for cinema and theater in France. Between 2013 and 2014 he directed two short-films. My Movie-like Kiss was awarded the Achille Valdata at the Torino Film Festival. In 2019 his documentary Everything Must Go won the award for Best Italian Documentary at the Torino Film Festival. He is currently working on two films, Fashion Babylon e A Steady Job, the latter co-directed with Mattia Colombo.
I met Bernard in a moment of my life when I was immersed in a research related to the exploration of myself through the body. I kept dating him to discover more about him, about myself, about so many things I would never have imagined. Eventually I realized that sex was not my story, but a vehicle full of meaning: the metaphor of the inner state of my main witness, the photograph of his era. Bernard is 63, I am 38. Who am I to him? A son? A brother? The Italian boyfriend that AIDS snatched from his arms when he was my age? Bernard moves out, and says he’ll want to burn all the photos of his past. Bernard doesn’t want to know where he came from, but he knows exactly where he wants to end up.
What does it mean to retire from life? What do we take with us, what do we leave behind?
Bernard never appears austere, nor sad, nor trashy. He is a bright character and
his gaze on life is as tender as a child’s.
Original title: La dernière séance
English title: The last Chapter
Directed by: Gianluca Matarrese
Written by: Gianluca Matarrese, Nico Morabito
Producer: Giovanni Donfrancesco
Associate Producer: Jasmina Sijercic
Artistic Producer: Maria Bonsanti
DOP: Gianluca Matarrese
Editor: Gianluca Matarrese, Giorgia Villa, Giovanni Donfrancesco
Sound Editor: Davide Giorgio
Sound Mix: Tommaso Barbaro
Produced by: Altara Films e Bocalupo Films
With the support of: CNC, Milano Film Network 2020 post-production Award
Festivals & Awards
IDFA, Luminous 2021
Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz 2022
Pink Apple Queer Film Festival 2022
Thessaloniki Documnentary Festival 2022
Queer Porto 2022
TLV Fest Telaviv 2022
Chéries Chérois 2022
Sicilia Queer Film Fest 2021
Gender Border, Italy 2021
PERLEN Film Festival 2022
QFFM Munchen 2022
Queerstreifen Münster 2022
RiDF, Rome International Documentary Festival
Florence Queer festival 2022
DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2023