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Gli ultimi a vederli vivere

The Last to See Them

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The Durati family lead an idyllic, secluded life in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by olive groves. Their daily routines are not particularly spectacular, although the eldest daughter is soon to be married and each of the family members is preparing for the wedding in their own way.
The film makes no secret of the fact that father Enzo, mother Alice, daughter Dora and son Matteo will not survive the coming day. The knowledge of their imminent demise changes how the viewer sees their everyday actions, their plans both big and small. The fragility of life shines through and it almost feels like everything is slowing down. The smallest events are shown from different perspectives, lending them greater significance. The editing, music and tracking shots make the inescapable end appear like a trancelike countdown. Death and manslaughter are common film themes. By concentrating so radically on the “before”, Sara Summa tells the story of a brutal crime in an entirely unique way. Gli ultimi a vederli vivere is much more a tender tale of life than one of death. We’re the last to see them living.

Sara Summa

Germany 2019


79’ · Colour

World premiere


Canio Lancellotti (Renzo Durati)
Pasquale Lioi (Matteo Durati)
Barbara Verrastro (Dora Durati)
Donatella Viola (Alice Durati)
Massimiliano Bossa (Tommaso)
Mauro De Felice (Mr. Amalto)
Michela Imperatore (Giorgina)
Samantha Lioi (Mrs. Melfi)
Rocco Martino (Hunter)
Antonio Martino (Hunter)


Written and Directed by
Sara Summa
Katharina Schelling
Sara Summa, with the help of Valeska Grisebach
Ben Roessler
Sound Design
Michael Holz
Ben Roessler, Fabio Fusillo
Production Design
Camille Grangé
Gabriella Martino
Chiara Marotta
Cecilia Trautvetter


Sara Summa

Born in France in 1988, studied Film at universities in France, Italy and the USA. Since 2013, she has been studying Film Direction at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). Gli ultimi a vederli vivere is her first feature-length film.


2013 Late One Night; 7 min. 2014 Ricordi, la spiaggia (Remember, the Beach); 10 min. 2015 Contre les bonnes mœurs, la vie (Against Common Decency, Life); 19 min. 2016 Vers l’océan (Toward the Ocean); 21 min. 2017 Große Erwartungen (Great Expectations); 4 min. 2018 Mes amies (My Friends); 37 min. 2019 Gli ultimi a vederli vivere (The Last to See Them)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin

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Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin