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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


68th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Marco Müller

31st August > 10th September 2011

Venezia 68

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In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They’re in love. She’s a painter; he’s a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon – except that this isn’t a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The ?nal meltdown will come, not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their ?nal cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They – like the majority of the Earth’s population – have accepted their fate; the world is going to end.
7 September 22:00 - Sala Grande 7 September 22:40 - PalaBiennale VENEZIA 68 4:44 Last Day On Earth by Abel Ferrara - USA, 82'
language: English - s/t Italian
Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, Natasha Lyonne
Director’s Statement
I would like to take this opportunity to quote a passage from our new film 4:44 Last Day on Earth, which has the Dalai Lama speaking, in his inimitable way, on man and nature:
“We human beings are almost like the creator or controller of the world; thru technology, thru science, we can do anything, everything… we do not run the nature. I think we human beings believe ourselves to be something above nature. I think that it is wrong. After all, we are part of the nature and as such, it is very clear you see, we have the responsibility to take care of the environment, of the nature, because ultimately, we are part of the nature and its balance and we can dramatically change it as a result...”
What I have learned is word for word, fragmented, thru different languages, grammatical or not, in or out of context; when the messenger is pure the message prevails.