Jef Last & André Gide
a film by Pieter Jan Smit
photo: Emiel van Moerkerken
in coproduction with
Entre Chien et Loup & RTBF (Télévision belge) & TROS
Jef Last: What a relief, to
enjoy love, like a flower plucked along the way and then
carelessly discarded after savouring the sent. (Fès, april 1935)
André Gide: On the road of history that every country has to take sooner or later, the Soviet Union has taken a glorious lead! (Paris, august 1934)
Joseph Stalin: God give him life, at least as long as he isn't lying. (Moscow, July 1936)
Maxim Gorky: If the enemy does not surrender, he has to be exterminated!
The friendship between the
world-famous French writer André Gide and the Dutch writer and
Communist Jef Last provides a picture of the political and
cultural climate in Europe in the 1930s.
During a journey they made together through the Soviet Union, Jef Last was increasingly influenced by the critical attitude of André Gide and came to the realisation that there was no point in clinging on to an ideal that demanded increasing personal sacrifices.
Gerardjan Rijnders / Cas Enklaar / Hans Goedkoop / Pieter Jan Smit / Cyril Bibas / Gérard Duquet / Nadir Amara
camera: Bert Haitsma / Giorgi Beridze / Abdelah
sound design: Yves Renard
animations: Adriaan Lokman
montage: Teun Pfeil
music: Ivan Georgiev
produced by: Digna Sinke & Cyril Bibas
running time : 72 min.
& 52 min
format : 35 mm / digibeta NL, FR & ENG subtitles
has been completed with the support of:
Filmfonds CoBo RTBF - TROS Yle
Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique et les Télédistributeurs wallons
Rotterdams Fonds voor de Film en Audiovisuele Media - ThuisKopie Fonds - VSB Fonds - TROS - Rotterdamse Kunststichting