The Very Last Day
Friday 14 June – 13.30
The Granville Theatre, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate CT11 8DG
A best-selling writer is seduced, then kidnapped by an admirer, who accuses him of raping her 20 years ago and exploiting her personal tragedy as a plot of his latest book. While the author insists that his novel is strictly a work of fiction, the erratic woman relentlessly tries to rip a confession out of him.
Director Biography: Cédric Jouarie
Cédric Jouarie began his career in the early 90s as an iconographer, graphic designer, and copywriter for an advertising agency. His passion for film led him to work as a movie journalist and film critic for the printed press, the web, and television.
Cédric’s first short film, ‘Fine’ (The End), debuted in 2007. From 2008 to 2012, he directed three more short films in France: ‘Joyeux Anniversaire,’ ‘Hope,’ and ‘Sans Nicolas’ which showed in film festivals across the U.S. as well as at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner.
In 2012, Cédric directed the medium length film ‘Wish Hotel’ and moved to Taiwan that same year where he and his wife, writer/producer Dan Kee Chuang, run together the production company Kamomé International. In Taiwan, Cédric created the experimental documentary web series ‘One Minute Postcard’ and developed the “shortcom” concept ‘BreakFAST!’
He directed three new short films, all produced and written by his wife, between 2013 and 2014: ‘Raccoon Boy,’ ‘Mama’ and ‘Off a Cliff’—which scored over 10 festival selections around the world. In 2015, Cédric directed the kung-fu comedy ‘Bon Appétit!’ for the 100 Hour Film Race. ‘Bon Appétit!’ made it to the top 20 finalists and won the award for Best Makeup.
In 2016, he directed the experimental dance film ‘Le Ressac’ in collaboration with three Taiwanese female artists: electro music composer 44–22, dancer/choreographer Wen-Huai Chang and actress Shuqin Lai. It is also the third time Cédric worked with actor Damon Da. Later that year, he touched upon the dance theme again with the short form documentary ‘Dancing in the Park,’ written by and starring dancer/choreographer/director William Lü.
In 2018, Cédric Jouarie and Dan Kee Chuang made ‘The Very Last Day,’ their first feature film, under the banner of Kamomé International.
I was sexually assaulted by my best friend’s stepfather when I was a teenager. The man was a mentor and a friend (or so I thought). He was also a respectable novelist while I, on the other end, was just a boy from the projects, raised by my single mother. After the facts, I have failed to find an understanding soul, so I have lived with this secret for most of my adult life. Unable to speak openly about what had happened, I’ve tried to write about it, but each attempt was too painful to go through as it made me feel both shame and disgust, mostly with myself. So, instead of recounting this event in fiction form, I decided to take a few steps back and focus on the themes and characters rather than on sordid (or so I felt) events.
This is how the first draft of ‘The Very Last Day’ came to be. But that version was too raw, too violent, too angry. Giving it perspective wasn’t enough, I also had to give it time. Ten years’ time and almost that many rewrites, to be precise. In the original draft, the characters were more two-dimensional: the kidnapper was crazy, the writer tortured for about 60 out of 90 pages, and the wife non-existent. These 10 years allowed me to find a certain peace with myself and with the “material,” so I could stop judging the characters and feed them with aspects of my own personality: the kidnapper is now a victim as well, the writer is also a struggling creator, and the wife is a wounded and betrayed woman.
And then finally came the moment to make the film and by that, I mean sharing it first with my cast and crew. As it happens, many confided that they found in the script reasons to make it their own. Some expanded and explained to me exactly what it meant to them, some others didn’t––I am all too aware of how hard it is to share some feelings and experiences, so I didn’t press for more. One thing is for sure, it was a personal affair for all involved and I am forever grateful to them for the collective act of creation that ‘The Very Last Day’ has now become, for after all these years I finally found understanding souls.
CATEGORY: FEATURE NARRATIVE, FIRST FILM
RUNNING TIME: 120 mins
- Writer / Director / Producer: Cédric Jouarie
- Producer: Dan Kee Chuang
- Cast: Wei-Yi Lin, Lawrence Ong, Heng-Yin Chou