International Competition : Feature films 2017

The Last Hot Lick

2017
United States
1h26
Fiction
Col.

Hot licks refers to the flaming fingers of a musician. Is this still the case for Jack, a debonair but stubborn individual approaching seventy, still on the road? The title and a number of clues early on do not conceal the film’s funereal tone: we soon learn that only death could put a stop to this infinite tour, criss-crossing the landscapes and harbours of Americana. Jack meets a mysterious woman: two solitudes and trajectories are aligned, but while her voice lights up a room, there is a secretive and dark side to her. The Last Hot Lick seems to adjust to the folk ballad in filmic terms, a harmonic form made of themes and choruses, whose emotion stems from the aptness of its interpretation and the relationships between the chords. (Arnaud Hée)

Mahalia Cohen has produced numerous short and feature films. Among them : H and Recommended by Enrique, both by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia. The Last Hot Lick is her first feature film.
SF : Ama at Sea (2011), Balance (2009), Homer (2005), Tortoise (2004)

Cast
Jaime Leopold, Jennifer Smieja
Screenplay
Mahalia Cohen
Photography
Maria Laura Collasso, Clarissa de los Reyes
Sound
Javier Farina, David Matorin
Music
Jaime Leopold, Branic Howard
Art direction
Pilar Gonzalez
Editing
Amanda Laws, Daniel Garcia
Production
Deborah Cohen, Erin Galey, Scott Cohen, Steve Johnston, Dan Wieden

CONTACT
Mahalia Cohen
mahalia.cohen@gmail.com

2017 Competition