EN - Johan is 25 years old and lives alone on his farm, working from early morning to late at night caring for his herd. But as winter engulfs the land, Johan loses faith in the meaning of life and refuses to face up to his financial problems by clinging onto something that cannot be saved.

FR - Johan a 25 ans et vit seul dans sa ferme. Il travaille de l’aube au coucher du soleil, prenant soin de son troupeau. Mais alors que le pays plonge dans l’hiver, Johan perd ce qui donne un sens à sa vie. Il refuse d’affronter les problèmes financiers de sa ferme. Plutôt que d’affronter la perte, il s'accroche à ce qui ne peut être retenu.


Title Last Winter
Original title L' Hiver Dernier
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Vincent Rottiers, Anaïs Demoustier, Florence Loiret Caille, Michel Subor, Aurore Clément, Carlo Brandt, Théo Laborie
Photography Hichame Allaouie
Editing Yannick Leroy
Sound Cristophe Giovannoni
Costume Marie Morel
Music DAAU

Technical specs

Release format 100', 35 mm, color


Blue Bird, The Invader and Lena to Ghent

The 38th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (11-22 October) has added four Belgian films to its programme. Blue Bird (Gust Van den Berghe), The Invader (Nicolas Provost) and L’Hiver Dernier (John Shank) have been selected for the official competition of the festival, while Lena (Christophe Van Rompaey) will have its Belgian premiere at the festival.

Still from 'Blue Bird'Blue Bird, the second feature by Gust Van den Berghe, is based on a story by Belgian Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck. Two African children leave their village with just one thing in mind: finding their lost blue bird before the day is over. But along the way they will find much more: they encounter spirits and ghosts. Van den Berghe’s first feature, Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, was given a huge ovation at the Cannes Film Festival last year and this year Blue Bird was received with even more enthusiasm at the festival.

Published on Monday 12 September 2011

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Director John Shank
Producers Limited Adventures
Writers John Shank, Vincent Poymiro

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