Last Minute

Last Minute

A film about people who (to us) are invisible.

Last Minute is about a popular type of dream holidays. Beautiful, clean, golden beaches and blue-turquoise sea are guaranteed. All that for a super price! Unfortunately, our European beaches are not very "clean". Every night, the beaches are scattered with pieces of clothing, shipwrecks or remnants of life jackets and so on. And someone has to clean these beaches - to clean them so we do not to see what we haven´t wanted to see for years. Every night, hundreds of migrants, people born in the "worse world", people fleeing war or incredible poverty, try to reach Europe. The story of the film is inspired by the situation on the Turkish-Greek coast, and the main protagonist (apart from the migrants) is an employee of a hotel cleaning company. The film is a record of one of his working days – or more specifically, one night... Last Minute is not a film about amazing last minute all inclusive vacations. It is a film about people who (for us) do not exist.

Director’s statement
The idea for the film Last Minute appeared after reading a report about the Turkish coast, in which a beach cleaner appeared. I started looking for information about this profession. At that time, the refugee crisis caused by the war in Syria was already underway. (I travelled across Syria by hitchhiking, so it wasn't an "exotic country" for me, but a strong memory of people I met personally.) Almost two years ago, the refugee crisis began on the Polish-Belarusian border (which, as a Pole by origin, I perceive very intensely). People are migrating and will continue to migrate. And we, as a "better world" society, have been consistently closing our doors to them for years. Illegal migration, apart from being dangerous, is also unimaginably expensive and encompasses a wide range of crimes. With the film Last Minute, I want to actively contribute to the social discussion on this topic. Closing our eyes and doors is not a solution – that´s what I believe. It's just a shame!

Director and Producer
Joanna Kozuch

Country of production

Slovakia, Czech Republic

Target audience


Animation Technique

drawing and stop motion

Production company

plackartnyj MAUR film

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CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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