‘Last Night’ a movie about love and commitment has had its premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in the United States.
The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he is attracted. While he is resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
Eva Mendes’ character Laura wants to seduce the husband of Joanna, played by Kiera Knightley.
The movie is Iranian-American screenwriter Massy Tadjedin’s directorial debut, and she also wrote the screenplay.
Mendes explained that having a woman at the helm was important for her: “She brings in this really interesting, subtle look at intimate relationships that I think if directed by a man certain subtleties wouldn’t be picked up. And I’m not male bashing I love a man, It’s just that we’ve had so many amazing male directors direct these kind of films that to have a female director direct one gives it a new approach and it’s refreshing.”
Tadjedin said the whole film crew read the script and that created an interesting dynamic on the set: “Once we started to film we started to have an engagement among the crew with who was doing what to the marriage and who’s actions or transgressions were worse. And so this debate was just born on set and it was definitely divisive among the crew.”
Another film getting a world premiere at the 10th Tribeca Film Festival was ‘Grey Matter‘ - the first feature-length narrative movie from Rwanda.
The story is set in the aftermath of the Tutsi genocide and is about a young African filmmaker who is on the brink of directing his first project, a fictional story about a young woman who survived unspeakable atrocities only to find herself committed to the same mental institution as a man driven insane by the crimes he perpetrated during the war.
The director of ‘Grey Matter’ Kivu Ruhorahoza said: “It’s about trauma, madness, it’s about imagination, it’s about the brain as the title says.”
‘Grey Matter‘ features Ruth Shanel Nirere in the female lead role. The singer and actress is a big star in Rwanda. She won various international film awards for her role as a Tutsi woman experiencing the genocide in the movie ‘Le Jour où Dieu est parti en voyage’ (The Day God Walked Away) by Belgian film director Philippe Van Leeuw.