Last Cowboy Standing
by Zaida Bergroth
Finland/Germany 2009, 126 min, 35 mm
The story of two brothers and the bond of blood between them
In 1972, Rupert, 8 and Evert, 6 are two wildly imaginative brothers, lost in their cowboys-and-indians fantasies and playground romances with the neighbourhood girls. Everything starts to fall apart when Rupert finds a hidden letter. There are terrible fights and hushed whispers, then their mother is taken away. Ten years later, Rupert is still haunted by his childhood memories, trying to make sense of a series of events leading to a tragedy...
Cast & Crew
With: Lauri Tilkanen, Ilro Panula, Leea Klemola, Martti Suosalo, Ilmari Järvenpää, Onni Tommila
Production: Juoni Filmi, Nicovantastic
World Premiere: Pusan IFF 2009
Espoo FF 2009
European Premiere: Göteborg IFF 2010
Hamburg FF 2010
Taipei FF 2010
Best Script, Best Sound Design - Jussi Finnish Film Awards 2010,
Anjalankoski Film prize for Best Film - Anjalankoski Film Sunday 2010
Flash Forward Award - Pusan IFF 2009
Director Zaida Bergroth, born in 1977, studied Directing, Film and Television at the University for Art and Design in Helsinki from 1997.
Although Last Cowboy Standing is the director's debut feature, Zaida Bergroth has already made a mark with her short films such as Heavy Metal (2006) and Glass Jaw (2004), both award-winners at the Tampere International Short Film Festival.