Badr Farha's Film 'The Last Conversation' Chosen as an Official Selection of AIFF
01/05/2017

Writer and director Badr Farha’s film “The Last Conversation” produced by Bang Bang Pictures will screen at the Atlanta Independent Film Festival in February

Online PR News – 05-January-2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning writer and director Badr Farha’s deeply dramatic film “The Last Conversation” has been chosen as an Official Selection of the Atlanta Independent Film Festival. The film is slated to screen at the Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on February 25 at 2:30 p.m. during the festival, which runs from January 25 through February 25, 2017.

Garnering an incredible response from viewers internationally, “The Last Conversation” brings to the screen an eloquent and emotionally charged story that has struck a chord with audiences around the world. The film has done extraordinarily well on the film festival circuit earning the coveted Award of Recognition from the IndieFEST Film Awards in 2016, being chosen as an Official Selection of the Indie Night Film Festival, London’s Discover Film Festival and the Kansas International Film Festival, as well as being shortlisted for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Court Metrage.

“The Last Conversation” centers on one man’s struggle to be honest with his family about his true identity as he comes to grips with the pain of the imminent loss of his dying mother. When Luci learns of his mother Yvonne’s progressed state of terminal cancer, he is faced with the pressing need to reveal some long hidden truths about himself. But as Luci searches inside for the strength to come clean about his life, it seems it may be too late.

Under the direction of Farha, the cast of the film comes together to deliver a seamless performance that is magnetic and not to be missed. The starring role of Luci is played by Don Lucas who is known for his work in the films “The Last Godfather” starring Harvey Keitel, “Killer Drag Queens on Dope,” the series “Dead Grandma” and “Series Regular,” as well as for his recent performance in the Skylight Theatre’s production of “The Tragedy of JFK.” Luci’s mother Yvonne is played by Christopher Callen who is known for her work in the films “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Hollywood Seagull,” “Little Saigon” and “Enchanted.”

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“In making this film and looking back at where it started, I remain humbled by both the response and recognition this film has received to date. Don Lucas and Christopher Callen I shall remain indebted to for their incredible and nuanced work in this film,” explains Farha.

“The Last Conversation” was produced by Regina Bang and Javier del Olmo from award-winning production company Bang Bang Pictures whose previous films include “The Delicious,” “Without This Hope, You Are Not,” “Mach 1,” “Bloodline” and “The Minotaur.”

Farha explains “I’m mostly grateful for the fact that it has managed to reach audiences both locally(within the US) and internationally, which proves to be a sure sign that the narrative I presented spoke truthfully to the human intellect, or rather condition, that we are faced with”.

The film’s gripping score, which you can find through the film’s trailer, was performed by the renowned Scorchio Quartet in New York and composed by Julian De La Chica, whose compositions are strongly influenced by his inner spiritual life.

One of the things that makes Farha’s work so enthralling is the importance he places on the cohesion between the music and visual aspects of his films. Choosing to tackle difficult subjects like sexuality and social acceptance, Farha blends the visual and sound elements within his films in a way that allows us to really get in tune with the characters and their emotions making it possible for each story to unfold with flawless harmony and touch us on a human level.

As “The Last Conversation” continues to garner praise from audience across the globe, Farha is already hard at work preparing to release his next film “Margaret,” which he co-wrote and directed as well.

Starring Lucia Moerk from the films “The Delicious” and “Big Shot” in the title role, “Margaret” weaves together a dramatic and eye-opening tale of a transgendered nun living in a convent in Aarhus, Denmark. For the upcoming film, which is also being produced by Bang Bang Pictures, Farha brought master composer Julian De La Chica on board once again to compose the film’s score, as well as talented soprano Rachel Hippert.

About composing “Margaret” De la Chica explains, "Working with silence is the key to my process. After having experienced the ‘Spiritual Exercises’ of Ignacio de Loyola and remaining for entire weeks in absolute silence, my interest in silence became essential to my creative development. Silence helps me construct the capacity to quiet my senses and listen to my inner self. It is a long and complex process, at which you begin to arrive when you decide to submerge in this experience of self-knowledge and purification."

Farha, who plans to begin submitting the film to festivals within the next few months, says the score for “Margaret” employs a more experimental approach than some of his previous works.