EL ÚLTIMO TRAJE / THE LAST SUIT
A film by Pablo Solarz
(2017 | Spain/Argentina | English Subtitles | Fiction | 92 min.)
An aging Jewish tailor leaves his life in Argentina to embark on a journey back through time and halfway around the world, in the bittersweet road movie THE LAST SUIT.
Eighty-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is about to be put out to pasture by his children, who have sold his house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and booked him into a retirement home. Refusing to bow to family pressure, he sets off on an adventure from which he doesn’t expect to return. Fueled by a sense of duty, and a quest for closure and fulfillment, Abraham decides that the moment has come to fulfill a promise and seek out an old friend. With assistance from a cast of kindly strangers, the sharply-dressed suit maker travels by train across Europe from Spain to Poland, in search of the man who saved him from certain death at Auschwitz. Undeterred by a series of travel mishaps, family foibles and geographical obstacles along the way, the hard edges of the cantankerous Abraham gradually soften.
Writer-director Pablo Solarz imbues his heartfelt and charming tale with nostalgic sepia-tinted colors, a klezmer-infused score, and delicate humor. Heartfelt and charming, THE LAST SUIT exudes a poignant message of the enduring importance of family, friends and honor.
About HFFNY: The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) echoes the mission of the Havana Film Festival in Cuba (Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano) by acting as a platform for films from Central and South America, the Caribbean and Mexico as well as Latino films from the U.S. that lack the recognition they deserve. A project of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), HFFNY is proud to represent the largest collection of Cuban films and showcase those Latino cinematic gems that are rarely screened in the U.S.
Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
After a successful debut in May, Southampton Arts Center will once again present the popular Raconteurs Storytelling Evening, this time with the theme of “Secrets”. Each participant will tell a true story about a secret of their own. These short and sweet tales are sure to make you laugh and cry. September Raconteurs include Marissa Fallon Friedes, Sima Freierman, Allan Kronzek, Greg Monske, Mickey Paraskevas, Stefanie Sacks, and Brenda Simmons. Sponsored by Patricia A. Sanders.