Sponsored by Piazza D'Angelo Ristorante
Presented by Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco
Directed by Gianni Alfonso Pacinotti
Starring: Gabriele Spinelli, Anna Bellato, Luca Marinelli, Teco Celio
What would you do if aliens were about to land on Earth? Comic artist–turned-filmmaker Gian Alfonso Pacinotti, better known as Gipi, takes inspiration from the Italian graphic novel Nessuno Mi Farà del Male ("Nobody Will Hurt Me") to depict an extraterrestrial landing in a desolated Tuscan suburb. Luca, a socially awkward bingo attendant, finds himself shaken to the core by the arrival, as do those around him: his aging father, his transgendered friend and his despicable coworkers. Even the Pope issues an edict on the “Aventus Martianis.” Strangely, the aliens’ arrival is relatively peaceful. Nevertheless, a spiritual crisis sets in, accompanied by emotional chaos. In the midst of this confusion of the soul, uncanny events unfold and new loves are born. Original, unexpected, darkly comedic and poignant, The Last Man on Earth created quite a buzz at its Venice Film Festival premiere for its fresh look at Italy’s special place in the galaxy.
Film Note Writer: Laura Costantino