Last Summer

A Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli film

Roma Film Festival

Having lost custody of her six year-old son, a young Japanese woman has four days to say goodbye to him

onboard a yacht belonging to her western ex-husband's wealthy family. Alone with the crew, who are under direct instruction to keep a watchful eye on her, the woman must try to forge a connection with her son before she has to part from him for many years.

About fourteen years ago, a woman

was sitting on a large sofa in our flat, with tears running down her cheeks. She had come to dinner with a friend of my parents. She was a stranger, but she was crying openly in front of us. I remained at the edge of the room watching as she struggled, in a weak voice, to tell us that her husband was about to take her children away from her. This moment turned into a recurrent memory and over the years grew slowly inside of me, eventually transforming into "Last Summer". With this film, I wanted to explore the beginning of a relationship at its ending; to say something about the distress associated with a reconciliation. A power struggle where shifting social dynamics make it difficult to keep one's self intact. An inaccessible world in microcosm: a place of isolation, suffocation and coercion; feelings of disorientation and loss. A cathartic reconciliation of the past with the present. Learning to speak with your own voice: to be a mother and a son again for the first time, and for the last time. All complexities slowly dropping away; the mind making space for primal feelings. Through the experience of such feelings, hope to change the course of future events.

Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
London, May 2014

Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli

Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli

Born in Rome, Italy, he lives and works in London, United Kingdom.
BA in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA, Leonardo founded Essentia, a production company supporting Indie films, in 2006 and was Executive Producer of the feature films Jack & Diane (2012) by Bradley Rust Gray and The Wait by M. Blash (2013).
Wrote/Directed/Produced a number of short films that screened at International Film Festivals (2008 – 2012).
Won the Italian advertisement Key Award for his commercial short film (Writer/Director) Tigers (2012).


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Igort starts working as a cartoonist, illustrator, writer and musician in the late Seventies. He founds the journal "The Penguin" where he publishes some of his early stories and where he includes pieces from Giorgio Carpinteri, Lorenzo Mattotti, Daniele Brolli, Roberto Baldazzini. During the eighties his comic strips appear on the pages of many national and international magazines, including "Linus", "Alter", "Frigidaire", "Metal Hurlant", "L'echo des Savanes", "Vanity", "The Face". He publishes his articles and essays, for "Il Manifesto", "Reporter", "Il Corriere della Sera", "La Repubblica".
In 1983, along with Brolli, Carpinteri, jori, Kramsky and Mattotti, is the founder of Valvoline, a group of authors who, inspired by the practices of the historical avant-garde, alters the rules of the more traditional cartoons. His works are regularly published in France and in several other countries. Starting in the Nineties, his works are regularly published in Japan whre he creates the series Love, set in Sicily, and Yuri, both published by Kodansha.
His drawings become fabrics, garments, carpets, serigraphs, sculptures, and toys. He exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris, Geneva, Milan etc. He also works with Studio Alchemy, Swatch, Alessi, Memphis etc. In 1994 he exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Igort is also a musician. He sings, plays, composes, and has published several albums.
His graphic novel, 5 Is The Perfect Number has been published in 15 countries and will become a movie soon.

Banana Yoshimoto

Banana Yoshimoto, daughter of Takaaki Yoshimoto, was born in Tokyo on July 24, 1964. Along with having a famous father, the poet and critic Takaaki Yoshimoto, Banana's sister, Haruno Yoiko, is a well-known cartoonist in Japan.
Banana graduated from Nihon University's Art College, majoring in Literature. During that time, she took the pseudonym "Banana" a name she recognizes as both "cute" and "purposefully androgynous."
In 1988 she publishes her first novel Kitchen, a psychological thriller that tells the story of a orphan girl affected by the discovery that the mother of the friend who is hosting her is actually her father who has changed sex after the murder of his wife.
Works such as Kanashii yokan, Hanemūn, and Karada wa zenbu shitte iru, make her the spokesperson of a singular postmodern disorientation which is reluctant to any critical position and makes of youth superficiality a communicative power.

Elda Ferri

Elda Ferri is the Chairman of Jean Vigo Italia.
She is the producer of Life is Beautiful (La vita è bella), directed by Roberto Benigni, winner of 3 Academy Awards® in 1998.
In 1999 she has received the Raoul Wallenberg Award. In 2005 she has received the Media Salles's European Producer of the Year Award during the "Cinema Expo International in Amsterdam".

Luigi Musini

In 1998 Luigi Musini and Roberto Cicutto joined director Ermanno Olmi, who is no longer in the executive board, in the production company Cinemaundici. They have co-produced Jacques Rivette's Histoire de Marie et Julien, Ne touchez pas la hache and 36 Vues du Pic Saint Loup, Otar Ioselliani's Lundi matin and Jardins en Automne, and Ermanno Olmi's Il mestiere delle armi, Cantando dietro i paraventi and Centochiodi.
In 2010 Cinemaundici produced Sergio Castellitto's film La bellezza del somaro, distributed by Warner Bros.
In 2011 Luigi Musini became the sole owner of the company and produced Ermanno Olmi's last film Il villaggio di cartone.
In 2014 Luigi Musini's company has produced Andrea Jublin's first feature film Banana Vincenzo Salemme's ...E fuori nevica, Francesco Munzi's Black Souls and the new film by Ermanno Olmi and Vittorio Taviani's new feature and is developing four new projects.

Monika Willi

Born in 1968, Monika Willi mainly edited the past years with Michael Haneke (Amour, White Ribbon, La Pianiste a.o.), Michael Glawogger (Workingman's Death, Whores' Glory, Contact High a.o.) and Barbara Albert (Northern Skirts, Free Radicals, The Dead and the Living a.o.)
She was nominated for best editing at the César 2013 for Amour, at the German Film Award 2010 for White Ribbon, at the Austrian Film Award 2013 for Whores' Glory. She has won the Femina Film Award in 1998 for Suzie Washington, and the Austrian Film Award (2012) for The Dead and the Living.

Milena Canonero

Milena Canonero is a three-time Academy Award® winning costume designer who has worked with notable directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Hugh Hudson, Francis Ford Coppola, Sydney Pollack, Warren Beatty, Steven Soderbergh, and Sofia Coppola.

Avy Kaufman

Avy Kaufman is a casting director in New York City.
She has worked with such directors as Ang Lee, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Jodie Foster, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Wong Kar Wai.
She has cast the acclaimed films Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Prometheus, The Company You Keep, Keep The Lights On, Shame, Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Sixth Sense, Dancer in the Dark, and American Gangster.

Rinko Kikuchi

Rinko Kikuchi

Kikuchi made her debut in 1999, under her birth name, Yuriko Kikuchi, with the Kaneto Shindo film Will to Live. In 2001, she starred in the celebrated Kazuyoshi Komuri film Sora no Ana which was featured at several international film festivals, including the "Rotterdam Film Festival". In 2004, she appeared in the commended Katsuhito Ishii film The Taste of Tea, which was selected for the "Cannes Film Festival".
In 2006, she was chosen by Japanese film producer Yoko Narahashi for the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Babel, and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress.
She starred in Rian Johnson's second film, The Brothers Bloom (2009), which was her first full English-language feature. In March 2011, Kikuchi was added to the cast of 47 Ronin, the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge. In 2013, she starred in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim. In 2014, she starred in the David Zellner film Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.

Yorick van Wageningen

Yorick van Wageningen

Yorick van Wageningen was born in Baarn, Utrecht, Netherlands.
He is known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Winter In Wartime (2008), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and The New World (2005).
He recently acted in 47 Ronin by Carl Rinsch, in Cyber by Michael Mann and Last Summer by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli.

Lucy Griffiths

Lucy Griffiths

Lucy Griffiths was born in Brighton, in 1986.
She is a former member of the National Youth Music Theatre. She first appeared on television in Sea of Souls and in Sugar Rush. She is known for her role as Marian in the BBC drama Robin Hood, for playing Ruth in the TV series The Little House and for her most recent notable performance as Nora, Eric Northman's "sister", in the HBO series True Blood.
In 2014 she worked on several feature films such as: Uncanny by Matthew Leutwyler, Home for Christmas by Jamie Patterson and Last Summer by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli, where she plays Rebecca.

Laura Sofia Bach

Laura Sofia Bach

Danish actress, Laura Bach is currently filming for the third season of the comedy drama, Rita. She will next be seen on the big screen in the Italian mystery drama Last Summer.
Laura recently appeared as the leading role of Detective Katrine Ries Jensen in Those Who Kill, a successful crime series opposite Lars Mikkelsen. She also appears in a film version of the TV Series Those Who Kill – Shadow of the Past. It has been broadcast on ITV3 and A&E Network are developing a US version of the show.
Other film credits include: Death in Himmerland opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, No Right Turn, Green Hearts and Truth About Men.
Other TV appearances include: The Eagle, Album and Happy House.
Laura is fluent in English and her native language Danish with standard Swedish, Norwegian and German.

Daniel Ball

Daniel Ball

Daniel Ball was born on June 1, 1977 in Kingston, New York, USA.
He is an actor and director, known for This Wretched Life (2010), My Sister Nina (2011) and Birth Control.

Ken Brady

Ken Brady


Directed by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
Written by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli, Igort
Contributing Writer Banana Yoshimoto
Produced by Elda Ferri, Luigi Musini, Milena Canonero
Cinematography Gianfilippo Corticelli
Film Editing by Monika Willi
Costume/Production Design by Milena Canonero
Casting by Avy Kaufman


Production Countrie(s) Italy
Year 2014
Language English/Japanese
Genre Drama
Subtitle Language ENG
Format DCP
Running Time 94 min.
Color/Bw Color
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Frame Rate 24fps
Sound Ratio Dolby 5.1
Originally Shot on Alexa (Digital)

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