The Little Film Company to Screen Academy Contender The Last Station at EFM
Los Angeles (February 8, 2010) – Earning two Academy Award nominations this week for stars Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer for their riveting performances in Michael Hoffman’s THE LAST STATION, The Little Film Company will host its European market screening at EFM in Berlin next week.
Released by Sony Pictures Classics in the US, the adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s THE LAST STATION also earned Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominations for its two legendary thespians for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. The film has also received five Independent Spirit Awards nominations including kudos for Mirren & Plumber as well as Best Film for producers Chris Curling, Jens Meurer and Bonnie Arnold, and Best Direct & Best Screenplay for Michael Hoffman.
Since its release two weeks ago, THE LAST STATION has grossed almost $500,000 on selected screens at the US box office under the Sony Pictures Classic banner. In addition, SPC will be releasing the film in several key international markets including Japan, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia. The Little Film Company also secured deals with other major distributors that will be releasing the film in 2010 including Optimum Releasing in the UK; E1 Entertainment in Benelux; Ster Kinekor in South Africa and Becker Film Group in Australia.
A German/Russian co-production, THE LAST STATION recounts the passionate and volatile marriage between the Great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and his devoted wife/muse Sofya (Helen Mirren) as she tries to protect her husband’s legacy from his trusted disciple Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) whom she despises.
Written & directed by Award winning director Michael Hoffman (“Restoration,” “Promised Land,” “One Fine Day”) THE LAST STATION also stars a stellar award winning supporting cast including Paul Giamatti (“American Splendor,” “Sideways”), Anne-Marie Duff (“The Magdelene Sisters”), Kerry Condon (“Angela’s Ashes”) and James McAvoy (“The Last King of Scotland,” “Becoming Jane”). THE LAST STATION is executive produced by Andrei Konchalovsky, Phil Robertson, Judy Tossell and Robbie Little.
After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren), Leo Tolstoy’s devoted wife and secretary—she’s copied out War and Peace six times…by hand!—suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down. In the name of his newly created religion, the Great Russian novelist Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) has renounced his noble title, his property and even his family in favor of poverty, vegetarianism and even celibacy. After she’s born him thirteen children!
When Sofya then discovers that Tolstoy’s trusted disciple, Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) —whom she despises—may have secretly convinced her husband to sign a new will, leaving the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his very own family, she is consumed by righteous outrage! This is the last straw! Using every bit of cunning, every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, she fights fiercely for what she believes is rightfully hers. The more extreme her behavior becomes, however, the more easily Chertkov is able to persuade Tolstoy of the damage she will do to his glorious legacy.
Into this minefield wanders Tolstoy’s worshipful new assistant, the young, gullible Valentin (James McAvoy). In no time, he becomes a pawn, first of the scheming Chertkov and then of the wounded, vengeful Sofya as each plots to undermine the other’s gains. Complicating Valentin’s life even further is the overwhelming passion he feels for the beautiful, spirited Masha (Kerry Condon), a free thinking adherent of Tolstoy’s new religion whose unconventional attitudes about sex and love both compel and confuse him. Infatuated with Tolstoy’s notions of ideal love, but mystified by the Tolstoys’ rich and turbulent marriage, Valentin is ill equipped to deal with the complications of love in the real world.
A tale of two romances, one beginning, one near its end, The Last Station is a complex, funny, rich and emotional story about the difficulty of living with love and the impossibility of living without it.