The last hammer blow

The last hammer blow/ Ultima lovitură de ciocan / Le dernier coup de marteau
2015/ 83 min / France
Script Alix Delaporte
Directing Alix Delaporte
Cinematographer Claire Mathon
Editing Louise Decelle
Music Evgueni and Sach Galperine
Producer Hélène Cases / Lionceau Films
Romain PAUL Victor
Clotilde HESME Nadia
Grégory GADEBOIS Samuel
Farida RAHOUADJ Daria

When he first enters the Montpellier Opera House, 13 year old Victor knows nothing about music. Nor does he know his father who is there to conduct Mahler’s 6th symphony. He starts to watch him from a distance, discovering the rehearsals’ universe…
When Nadia, his mum, tells him that they have to leave their house on the beach, Victor worries. For his mother, who he believes hides something from him, but also for Luna, his Spanish neighbor, whom he has fallen in love with. Victor decides to show himself to his father for the first time…

Alix Delaporte first worked with the CAPA agency as a reporter and cameraperson before directing the documentary Comme dans un rêve about Zinédine Zidane. She then decided to take a course in screenwriting at the Fémis and directed her first short films. Comment on freine dans une descente won the Golden Lion for Best Short Film at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. In 2010, she directed her first feature, Angèle et Tony, selected for the Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival. In France, the film received two Césars for the actors Grégory Gadebois and Clotilde Hesme and was sold in more than 20 countries in the world. Le dernier coup de marteau is her second feature.