This is a film that took me by surprise, a family patriarch is something you don’t hear of very often, coming from a culture where taking a request from elders is the norm, this film brilliantly depicts the hold a patriarch of the family has on its members. Olmo Omerzu’s (Bird Atlas) The Last Day of Patriarchy follows the story of young man who brings his girlfriend to meet his grandfather in hospital, she is trying to put on a brave face and seems apprehensive, she is left stunned when the patriarch makes a somewhat jaw dropping last request on his death bed. The family are just as shocked; however, they continue to discuss what they should do without even asking the young girls opinion on the matter.
Omerzu has done a spectacular job drawing us into this moral dilemma, where we must confront two things, how we feel about this situation and what would we do? Olmo Omerzu’s films often deal with the themes of family relationships. This is a fantastic film that asks a poignant question, should a man’s dying wish always be respected?
The Last Day of Patriarchy has been executive produced by Linhan Zhang and Clifford Miu from the award winning company Bering Pictures. It was co-produced by Czech Television and supported by Czech Film Fund and Slovenian Film Centre.
The Last Day of Patriarchy premiered at IndyShorts and has screened at Guanajuato and El Gouna Film Festivals, including Zagreb and Leuven International Short Film Festival to come. Don’t miss out on the chance to watch this film! This live action short film is brilliantly directed, with superb acting and an interesting storyline. Interesting enough to peak the interest of Academy Voters, you could well see this film in the Oscar line up for 2022!
This live action short film is brilliantly directed, with superb acting and an interesting storyline. Interesting enough to peak the interest of Academy Voters, you could well see this film in the Oscar line up for 2022!