• Director: Houchang Allahyari
  • Screenplay: Houchang Allahyari, Daniel Kundi, August Staudenmayer
  • Cinematography: Peter Roehsler
  • Editing: Michaela Müllner, Charlotte Müllner
  • Cast: Erni Mangold, Daniel Sträßer, Doina Weber, Janina Schauer, Viktor Gernot
  • Production: Allahyari Filmproduktion
  • Distributor: D: Alpha Medienkontor, A: Stadkino Verleih
  • Contact: Houchang Allahyari,
  • Festivals: Diagonale (Bester Österreichischer Spielfilm), Montreal International Film Festival, Internationale Hofer Filmtage, Das Filmfest 9 Prag
  • Homepage: www.derletztetanz.at

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Swiss Premiere
THE LAST DANCE by Houchang Allahyari,  A 2014,  102 min,  DCP
German with English subtitles

A breakfast with Mum, a last cigarette in freedom. When the doorbell rings, for Karl a new chapter of justification for a supposed criminal offence begins, which does not become revealed for the time being. He is suffocated by police repression, and the verdict seems already pronounced before the trial. Cut. The Last Dance goes back into the near past. Karl is not yet pre-convicted but a civilian servant in the geriatric department of a hospital. Here day-to-day life is also shaped by hierarchies, but Karl can arrange with this pecking order. While in private he starts a liaison with his school love, in work he develops a deep relationship with an aged Alzheimer patient (Erni Mangold), who awakes to a new youth through his empathic care ...

Houchang Allahyari’s gentle and never exposing boundary-challenging drama can count on an enchanting lead actress. Erni Mangold takes away everything objectionable from a seemingly disturbing event and opens our view for a love which there is no place for in our society.

Q&A with director Houchan Allahyari after the film.