Suddendly, Last Winter
by Gustav Hofer and Luca Raggazi
Italy 2008, 80min, HD
Suddenly last winter the life of Gustav and Luca changes when the Italian government presents a draft law that grant rights to unmarried and gay couples, prompting a wave of homophobia in Italy. The Vatican and conservatives fight against it, preaching that the end of morality and "family" is inevitable if the legalization on civil unions is not blocked.
Partners for more then eight years, Luca and Gustav want to understand the different arguments for and against this law, and undertake a journey into a country they did not know and did not expect to find: their own.
Production: Hiq Productions, Maria Teresa Tringali, Jacqueline Lustig and Tommaso Colognese
World Premiere: Berlinale Panorama, Germany 2008
Scandinavian Premiere: Tromso IFF, Norway 2008
US Premiere: Palm Springs IFF 2008
Asian Premiere: Kansai Queer FF, Japan2008
LatAm Premiere: Sexual Diversity FF, GLFF, Mexico 2008
SUDDENLY LAST WINTER has participated at more than 100 international film festivals!
Best Documentary - El Lugar Sin Limites 2010
Nastro D‘Argento Italian Critic‘s Award 2009
Special Jury Prize - AFI Dallas 2009
Best Documentary - ZINEGOAK Bilbao 2009
Best Documentary - Limale H, Uruguay
Best Documentary - EIDF-EBS International Documentary Festival South Korea
Special Mention - Berlinale Panorama 2008
Winner - Bozen Filmfest 2008
Winner - IDEM Cordoba 2008
Winner - TLVFest Tel Aviv 2008
Special Mention - Milano Mix Festival 2008
Special Mention and 2nd Place Audience Award - Gay&Lesbian Film Fest Madrid 2008
3rd Place Sheffield Channel 4 Talent Youth Award
Winner of the Audience Choice Award as Best Documentary in DIVERSA 2008
Special Mention & Prix Première Caméra
Rencontres Internationales Du Documentaire de Montreal 2008
Gustav Hofer and Luca Raggazi
Gustav Hofer, born in 09.05.1976 in Sarnthein (South Tyrol, Italy). After his studies in Communication Science at the University of Vienna and Cinema at the Middlesex University in London, he moved to Rome. He works as a free-lance journalist and independent filmmaker. For the French-German television „Arte” he presents the daily culture program “Journal de la Culture – Arte Kultur” and for the same program he works as the culture correspondent from Italy.
Luca Ragazzi, born in 20.02.1971 in Rome, graduated in Literature and Philosophy at the University La Sapienza of Rome. Journalist, film critic and photographer.
„Suddenly, Last Winter“ is his first Film as a Director.