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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Last One

The Last One

director: Nikita Merlini
original title: L'ultima
country: Switzerland
year: 2020
running time: 15 min.


Elena is the last one. Following her brother's departure from Ticino, she remains alone with her mother in their large lakeside house. For her, it is not yet time to go but, already, she is imagining with nostalgia what she will foresake, carried away by her desire for discovery. Nikita Merlini captures the traces of what she leaves behind her in her gentle journey into adulthood.


Nikita Merlini was born in 1992 in Locarno (Switzerland). In 2015, he graduated from the University of Zurich with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and Film Studies. Since 2017, he has been studying filmmaking at the film department of the Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (ECAL). His projects often explore aspects related to adolescence and the questions that accompany an age when individuals are still searching for their own identity.

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director: Nikita Merlini
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas