The Last Painting

Chen Hung-i

A student and political activist becomes the new housemate of a solitary painter. He is brusque and disillusioned, she is filled with hope. Outside, Taiwan is heading towards new presidential elections. Contemporary Asian cinema at its best, in which it's all about timing and rhythm. A visually impressive, layered thriller about politics, art and murder. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.

The cityscape of Taipei sometimes acquires an expressionist touch in The Last Painting when painted scenes colour in realism. Something similar can be said of the story, which starts with the discovery of a gruesome murder in an artist’s studio in an apartment block. Four months earlier, a politically engaged female student shared that space with a painter who had turned his back on his life as an activist. She, however, still wants to believe that happiness is working for the community.
Is that really what motivates her? On the eve of the presidential election, attention shifts from her political work to something that gnaws at her more deeply. She and her very blonde girlfriend bear secrets within them, while the painter’s relationship with a dancer starts to get tense. Art and politics, self-awareness, humiliation, jealousy, sexual identity, crime and punishment become tragically entangled in this raw philosophical drama. And keep an eye on the number seven.

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Filmmaker
Chen Hung-i
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Taiwan
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
107
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Gene Yao / Swallow Wings Films, Wei Ying-chuan / Red Society Films, Terrisa Chen / Red Society Films
Production Company
Swallow Wings Films, Red Society Films
Sales
Swallow Wings Films
Writer
Chen Hung-i
Cinematography
Yu Jing Ping
Editor
Chen Hung-i
Production Design
Huang Mei Ching, Liu Jeng Feng, Liang Shuo Lin
Sound Design
Dennis Tsao, Chen Chia Wei
Music
Jesy Chiang Cicada, Ann Bai
Cast
Lin Wei-yi, Kiwebaby, Chang Ning, JC Lin