The Last Sun of the Night is a dystopian and post-apocalyptic film, inspired by the atmosphere of the British novelist James Ballard, above all by two of his major works: "High Rise" and "Concrete Island".

SYNOPSISAfter a devastating war that involved Italy and Europe and, then, the whole world, the Italian government has decided to create some safe and secure areas where thousand of people previously selected to social class, gender, religion, wealth conditions, family, age etc ... have to be deported to in order to safeguard the values ​​of Western society and keep them away from the war. The zones are protected by the army and once inside people cannot get out. Inside there is everything they need to continue their lives, the Zones are like small towns where nothing is missing: food, water, shops, theaters... all of the things. People must continue their previous lives as if nothing had happened.
The film begins when the project is now failed. In one of these zones, the Zone 13, there are only three people who live in a huge apartment building, where nothing is missing but everything is in decay. The building looks like a large magnetic monolith, a kind of primordial god who does not let them go away, they feel it as a safe womb. Their life flows slowly inside the condominium which is always dark and cold, on the contrary in the new world out there the natural environment has taken its place again and grows wild and luxuriant.
The three people are very different from each other: the first one, Andrea Carli, conducts his life following the rules that have been imposed to him and still continues his work in complete isolation. Every day he puts his tie on, he takes his briefcase and walks in the dead zones. The second one, Danilo Becatti, is the caretaker of the building, a man full of anger and resentment, because of an old grief that ravaged his psyche. The third person, Alessandra, is a girl who hides a dark past connected with the terrorists, so she feels a sense of guilt that destroys her life.
The narrative goes on two levels: the present, set in the Zone, and the life of the past in the previous world, these two sides slide on the same narrative line, the two are dependent from each other.
What's out over the Zone's fences? Someone will try to find it out as the danger of the last sun of the night, the atomic bomb, approaches.

THE CHARACTERS

Andrea Carli: he is the person who has chosen to live by the absurd program that has been imposed to him, that is the task of driving forward a civilization that no longer exists. It has turned into a series of strict rules and regular habits that are then become the barriers of his world, but also his guarantee of survival and stability. He is a "spectator", never empathetic. Andrea walks on the border between extreme lucidity and madness, but his balance is wise as well, although exhausting and painful. Andrea moves himself only on a safe territory, because he knows perfectly the secrets, the consequences, the rhythms, the reasons of what he is doing. Only in his "shell" there is salvation. He's like the last man on Earth, the last remaining bearer of a thought, right or wrong.

Alessandra: under the mask she wears another life is hidden, another painful universe from which she can’t break away. Alessandra has always taken care of the other tenants, in search for a meaning of her life that she hadn’t found in her previous life. Her past hides a very different way to be, before the war in fact she participated in the riots and in some terrorist activities that upset the ordinary life in Western cities. In the new world emerged from the catastrophe, she askes questions about her life: am I survived to see the end of the world?

Becatti: he is the only character who has not been able in any way to build his defenses, the tragedy suddenly damaged  him. Becatti is not the “bad guy”, even at first he looks like a sort of, he is only human, he is cynical, depressed, destroyed. Becatti has been caught in the midst of tragedy because of the sudden death of his wife and his two daughters while he was away. The guilt for staying alive and not being able to do anything for them has consumed his soul, causing him to lose any orientation and perspective. His character is destructive, but only against himself. In the building he has taken the role of the maintainer, like a guardian, to supervise everything and, above all, everyone, as a sort of Father.
In his self-destructive nihilism Becatti is inconsistent, because the feelings that animate it are many and they move inside him overlapping with each other, love and hatred, pity and regret, they are replaced quickly and continuously with one another, for that his mood is that of a true madman.

Stefano: the cynical, super-rich, shark of the new financial. A young man who in the past has decided to exploit the chaos of our society to gain advantages. His vision is not human at all, but it is tremendously consistent, it is tremendously pure and sincere. He is the only character who can be defined "pure", he has nothing to hide, he wears only his face. Paradoxically, he is the character less ambiguous among all of them. His friendship with Andrea is experienced as a dangerous brotherhood of blood, where, however, Stefano believed to keep for himself the role of Big Brother. He would like to provoke Andrea, in a continuous extreme challenge to test themselves, to see if his "close friend" really deserves the friendship. Stefano is a wolf, an animal without laws, sure of his freedom and, for this reason, fascinating.

DIRECTOR'S NOTEThe last sun of the night is a dystopian film, it is set in a not distant future, it could also be our present. The film is set after a new world war, in one of the safe areas created to deport people intended to be "representative" of the values of Western Society. The characters have a dark relationship with their past and the film unfolds through two different timelines, past and present, which for us is the future. Both of them are like a single wire of the same story. I tried to tell what can happen to people in extraordinary situations when they are deprived of the opportunity to love their loved ones: family, friends, neighbors… anyone. We need our daily treadmill, to know that we are not alone in the lifetime. And we need to communicate. When all this disappears, when the foundations of our society disappear, what happens to us? There will still be room for humanity as we know it? I also tried to figure out our future through technology and our relationship with social networks. It is the first post-apocalyptic film that depicts this kind of relationship. I also tried to imagine a subversion of the rules of the classic post-apocalyptic movie in which the protagonists usually tries to survive in some external bad place, searching for food, cloths, weapons. In my film all this is not a problem, the characters have all they need to survive, but often little things are missing, that is what we consider obvious, little things to cling to, even just a piece of paper or a pen. They are alone, they feel lost, and they are afraid of the unknown. The continuously wonder is anybody out there? The Zone is all that remains to them. It’s the new Home. I felt myself inspired by the surrealism of Luis Buñuel and by Tarkovskij’s Stalker, above all I was inspired by James Ballard and his way of exploring complex human nuances. I tried to give human nuances to my characters, there is no good or bad, there are only human beings with all their ambiguities and their complex finiteness. In them I put the mystery, that is essential in the storytelling, what do they seek? What do they want? Why do they do that? The answers to these questions must always leave a fund of unspoken, of mystery. Once given the characters their vital parts, and the real, they can walk alone and respond by themselves to their actions. I can’t control them anymore, what will they do now? I can’t answer. (Matteo Scarfò)

BIO-FILMOGRAPHYMy name is Matteo Scarfò and I am a film director. I'm Italian and I was born October 16, 1986, I am interested in making films since I was a child, so I am mostly a self-taught person. I also got a Master Degree in British Literature. My journey officially began 10 years ago when I made my first short film, “Sci-fi pills”, a work inspired by the existential visions of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. This short film won the first prize at a local festival and gave me the impetus to pursue this career that now has reached ten years of experience. From that moment on, I did a lot of things, I was a director, a screenwriter, an editor, a sound engineer and a producer. I made feature films, short films, web series and documentaries. In 2006 I began to work as a production assistant at the Paco Film Production and in 2008 I published my first book of short stories, entitled “Man eats Man”. That year I also realized my second short film, “Omega”, inspired by one of the short stories. In 2009 I was involved in three big projects: the first one was a film called “The Last Gamble” in which I worked as an assistant and boom operator, it was an American production filmed in New York and New Jersey, with John Savage, Nick Mancuso, Ray Abruzzo, Sally Kirkland and Steven Bauer, and directed by Joe Goodavage; the second one was filmed in Toronto and it was an action film called “Death Warrior”, directed by Bill Corcoran. That year I also wrote, produced and directed a docudrama called “Anna, Teresa and Resistants”, dedicated to the famous Italian actress Academy Award Winner Anna Magnani and the involvement of my country in the II World War. This experimental project combined stage theatre, documentary and cinema and received a Mention Award by the jury of the Festival of Salerno. The film was also selected by the Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Canada to represent the Italian documentary film in 2012, along with films by other famous Italian directors such as Nanni Moretti. Two years later it was included in the network of the Roman libraries. The next project, “Bomb! Burning Fantasy”, was dedicated to the figure of Gregory Corso, one of the most important poets of the Beat Generation. This time the poet is played by Nick Mancuso and the film is again a visual and emotional experiment. It was also screened at the Toronto Independent Film Festival in 2015. In the same year my first video art short movie called “The world will note” was chosen by the musician Lorenzo Sutton as a thesis for his diploma at the prestigious "Santa Cecilia Music Academy" in Rome. In 2013 my first play, “Sea of stones”, made its debut in Rome. This new experience dealt with very dramatic stories of passed away people talking about their past. In 2014 I wrote along with director Giampaolo Abbiezzi the subject of a film called “Stalking Eva”, released in theaters in 2015. The film is a thriller with esoteric overtones that deals with the subject of violence against women. In 2015 I finished the shooting of my new feature film called “The last sun of the night”, a film inspired by the work of the British novelist James Ballard. This film is ready to be released in the Italian theaters next September. In the first half of 2016 I made my first Web Series, called “Roman Holidays: how to become Italian in 5 lessons”, a very funny and romantic tale about two foreign students who come to Italy to study Italian. In recent years I have also had the opportunity to experiment and express myself by making music videos for rock bands and folk singers. Moreover, I worked several times as an assistant director for indie documentaries and for the Italian public television. 

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