Last Supper

2005 / Sweden / 57min

The last supper has been given to prisoners facing the death penalty as long as the punishment has existed. The tradition stems from funeral rites where the deceased person was given food on his deathbed to protect him on his journey to the afterlife. Today, the ritual of giving the last supper to the condemned person has been detached from its origin, and can be perceived to be as absurd as the punishment it accompanies. Mats Bigert & Lars Bergström's film “The Last Supper” focuses on this discrepancy between historical “meaning” and contemporary use of a tradition that has lost its connection with the past. The film mixes documentary material with sculptural installations and animated graphics. The main character is the former death row chef Brian Price, who reconstructs one of the 200 final meals that he prepared during his time as inmate in Huntsville State Prison, Texas, US. The film was shot during 2004 in the USA, Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Kenya, South Africa and Sweden.

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  • Original title
    Sista maltiden
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mats Bigert, Lars Bergström
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Charlie Drevstam, Gösta Reiland
  • Editing
    Daniel Jonsäter
  • Music
    OCSID, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jean-Louis Huhta, Edward Graham Lewis
  • Sound
    Thomas Huhn, Ljudligan
  • Duration
    57 min
  • Year
    2005
  • Country
    • Sweden
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    ENG
  • Subtitles
    NONE
  • Production
    Bigert & Bergström
    Västmannagatan 73
    11326 Stockholm
    Sweden
    tel: (+46) 708 57 86 52
    e-mail: post@bigertbergstrom.com, bigert@bigertbergstrom.com
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