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Last Call

2013 DOK Leipzig, International Programme Documentary Film
Italy | 2013 | 90 min. | English, Italian | English subtitles | German Premiere
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Last Call | Ultima Chiamata

Growth seems to be the answer to all the challenges our society faces – if you believe the politicians that govern us. As if a book bearing the warning title “The Limits of Growth” hadn’t been awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and become a bestseller as far back as 40 years ago. A group of international scientists, united in the “Club of Rome”, had plainly pointed out the dangers of climate change, outlining what had to be done. The authors of the book were young and optimistic, even amazingly naive from today’s point of view. We meet them again 40 years later.
Various crises and shocks could not make mankind switch from short-term to long-term thinking. What are the lessons of history? Are we resistant to learning? Is there still a chance, a “last call”? The former founders of the Club seem to have developed different theories. But one thing seems certain: the options that still existed 40 years ago are no longer available. This film follows the creation, reception and defence of a legendary book that should have changed the world. The extensive archive material is always referred back to the present day. And following the traces of the “Club of Rome” yields a number of stimulating brainteasers along the way.

Lars Meyer
Original Title: Ultima Chiamata
Country: Italy
Year: 2013
Language: English, Italian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: HD Videofile (ProRes 422 HQ 1080p)
Color: Colour
Director: Enrico Cerasuolo
Producer: Massimo Arvat, Ingunn Knudsen
Cinematographer: Krister Johnson
Editor: Marco Duretti
Animation: Tommaso Cerasuolo, Pietro Luzzati, Tipper
Sound: Torstein Nodland
Music: Gregorio Caporale, Antonio Raspanti, Tommaso Cerasuolo
Script: Enrico Cerasuolo
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