In The Last Suit (El último traje), the charming, funny and notably poignant new film from Argentine director Pablo Solarz, an elderly Holocaust survivor decides to undertake a trip from Argentina to Poland to tie up some unfinished business. The film which won the Audience Award at the 2018 Miami Film Festival will open in theaters on Friday, September 21 in New York with Los Angeles following on Friday, September 28 and wider national release to follow.
At 88, Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one day.
With its klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography and fleet pacing, The Last Suit (El último traje) approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story. And in its mix of Spanish, Yiddish, German and Polish it is a globe-trotting surprise, a late-in-life road movie with planes, trains and heart.
Pablo Solarz is an Argentine screenwriter and director. He wrote the screenplay for Carlos Sorin’s Intimate Stories (2002) and local Argentine comedy hits A Boyfriend for my Wife (2008) and I Married a Dumbass (2016), who made his feature directorial debut with Together Forever (2010). The Last Suit (El último traje) (2017) is his latest film.