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A Gujarati film, Last Film Show is India's official entry to the Oscar 2023, which will be held in Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles on 12 March 2023.
Last Film Show also known as Chhello Show in Gujarati beats RRR and Kashmir Files for the nomination of the official Oscar entry this year.
The film story is set in the old time. It is a story of a boy who saw the film for the first time, and his dream and seeds of passion begin for creating a film projector from there.
Let's check the details about the Last Film Show story, cast, producer & director –
Story of Last Film Show –
Its trailer says it all, why it is India's official entry for Oscar in the Best foreign language film category.
The film is set in the old era of Indian cinema when people used to watch films on the projector screen and a young boy who saw the film for the first time was amazed by its beauty and magic.
Samay, a 9-year-old boy living with his family in a remote village in western Gujarat. He worked in his father's tea stall shop, to sell tea at railway station.
One day he went to the cinema hall for the first time with his family to watch a film on the projector screen. He was mesmerized by the beauty of films.
Later he skips school and went to the theatre to watch films against his father's wishes, who beats him for skipping school.
In spite of his father's anger he returns to the cinema hall to watch the film again, even he befriends a projectionist, Fazal who allows him to watch films for free in exchange for his lunch.
He was so astonished by the projector light that he realizes that light becomes stories and stories become films.
But his enthusiasm was shattered when single- screen cinema hall was closed due to the new evolution of cinema.
He then set his mind and with his wild gangs of friends move heaven and earth to catch and project light to achieve a 35mm film projection.
Together with his friends, he used an innovative hack to successfully build a projection apparatus. But for his dreams, he has to leave a few things behind.
Producer, Director & Cast of the 'Last Film Show'
The film is directed by Pan Nalin and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Pan Nalin, Dheer Momaya, and Mark Duale.
Pan Nalin beautifully picturized Indian cinema's evolution from celluloid to digital in the story of a boy.
Bhavin Rabari as Samay
Bhavesh Shrimali as Fazal, projectionist
Richa Meena as Baa, Samay's Mother
Dipen Raval as bapuji, Samay's father
Paresh Mehta as cinema manager
Last Film Show Premiere and International Awards –
The film was premiered at the spotlight section of the 20th Tribecca Film Festival on 10th June 2021.
It has won multiple awards including Golden Spike at the 66th Valladolid Film Festival in Spain.
The film was nominated for Tiantan Awards at the 11th Bejing International Film Festival to be held from 21st to 29 September 2021.
The film will be going to release in India on 14 October 2022.
And in the international platform, it will be released by -
- Samuel Goldwyn Films serve as an international distributor for the US.
- Orange Studio serves as its International distributor for Europe.
- Legendary Shochiku Studios serves as the Japanese distributor and esteemed Medusa will bring it to the Italian cinema.