On an isolated farm in the Dutch province of Drenthe, the elderly Egbert is living out his last days. He has neither TV nor internet, and his only contact with current affairs is the newspaper he lays on the table under his pan of kale.
Egbert is content with his life, unlike Fred, the protagonist of a second short film in The Last Chair. This terminally ill ex-hippie left his family for a solitary existence in France. He is as composed and self-sufficient as Egbert, but he finds it hard to enjoy life because he's haunted by the bad choices he has made.
The Last Chair is a Virtual Reality documentary about the last stage of life. With a mix of 360º video, audio, and animation you step into the daily life of Annie, Fred and Egbert.
You find yourself in the chair in which the senior spends more and more time during the last years of their lives.
From this seat, with the most necessary items at your fingertips, you look back on the life lived and forward to the coming death. Life seems to have reduced itself to the space where you are; a small farmer kitchen, a lush garden, a crowded living room, but the world of thought appears infinite.
Premiere on Friday, November 17, 2017 at IDFA 2017, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam.