The First, the Last


The Main 1 Mon, Apr 17, 2017 4:40 PM
The Main 1 Fri, Apr 21, 2017 9:50 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Dark Comedy
Release Year:2016
Runtime:98 min
Festivals & Awards:Panorama: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury & Label Europa Cinema - Berlinale
Golden Swann: Best Director - Cabourg Romantic Film Festival
Print Source:Wild Bunch
Director:Bouli Lanners
Producer:Jacques-Henri Bronckart
Olivier Bronckart
Catherine Bozorgan
Cinematographer:Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd
Screenwriter:Bouli Lanners
Editor:Ewin Ryckaert
Composer:Jean Minondo - AFSI
Marc Bastien
Thomas Gauder
Principal Cast:Albert Dupontel
Bouli Lanners
Suzanne Clément
Michael Lonsdale
David Murgia
Aurore Broutin
Philippe Rebbot
Serge Riaboukine
Lionel Abelanski
Virgile Bramly
Max Von Sydow
Filmography:Ultranova ('05)
Eldorado ('08)
The Giants ('11)


Cochise and Gilou are bounty hunters, searching for a cell phone containing some very important information. Homeless youngsters Willy and Esther, in love and without anywhere to go, have the phone and don’t care what’s on it, keeping it turned off and rendering its tracking device useless. Across a barren wasteland, hunter and prey wander, running into a decrepit hotelier (Michael Lonsdale), an undertaker (Max von Sydow), and a man who looks suspiciously like Jesus Christ. Around and around they go, until both inexplicably run into the maw of an ambitious local gang with more muscle than brains.

Bouli Lanners' dry and violent comedy is a surrealistic and melancholy masterpiece, winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin Film Festival. “With hipster wit, endless film allusions, and deadpan Belgian surrealism, The First, the Last… reaches for gestural absurdity, and captures it.” —David D’Arcy, Screendaily

Bouli Lanners: Born in Moresnet-Chapelle, Belgium in 1965, Bouli Lanners studied at the Académie Royaledes Beaux Arts in Liège and first worked as an actor before becoming a film director in 1995. His 2011 film Les Gèants (The Giants) screened in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and played at MSPIFF 2012.

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