I was outside a screening at SXSW this year when I ran into a Hollywood/Indiewood insider that was killing time before a dinner appointment. “I’m meeting up with the brothers from The Last Romantic for dinner,” he told me. “Those guys are gonna be stars.” He was referring to The Brothers Nee, Adam and Aaron, who co-directed the film which had its world premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition at this year’s festival. “You don’t have to tell me,” was my response.
The Last Romantic is a film that struck a particularly personal chord with me, and I was thrilled and honored to program it for SXSW. Yet, of the eight films in our Narrative Competition program, it’s the one that has arguably not yet received as much attention as the other seven. So, this is one of those blog entries where I request that anyone even slightly curious, should seek this film out if given the opportunity. Don’t wanna take my word for it? Try these words:
“Gorgeously shot and perfectly written” – The Austin Chronicle
“The film sets a visual new benchmark” – Ain’t It Cool News
“I hope this movie gets picked up and gets some kind of distribution because it’s clear these Nee guys have a pretty unique vision and also one that’s at least reasonably marketable, judging by the reaction of the audience” – Jane Magazine (blog)
Meanwhile, the film’s MySpace page has collected the following comments following the SXSW premiere:
Saw the third screening at SXSW and I kind of sort of loved the film. Really funny and touching and meaningful. I gave you guys a ten at IMDB and wrote a review for the movie there. I really hope you guys get a distribution deal, I’ve told everyone I know to look out for the film. Peace. – “Scott”
great film. my personal sxsw pick! enjoyed every minute! – “amy”
Hello, movie. I saw you and you were brilliant. Everyone was looking, but I caught your attention. Maybe I’ll see you around someday. – “Brynne Emley”
The Last Romantic will have its next festival screening at the Independent Film Festival Boston on April 22 and 23. If you’re in Boston during the festival, don’t miss it. Plus, you can check the film’s official site for updates.