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Published on Jan 9, 2012
In the unique world of the Buenos Aires celebrity-impersonator scene, "Elvis" Gutiérrez is a star. By day, though, he must contend with a dead-end factory job and an ex-wife who worries about how his obsessive behavior affects their young daughter, Lisa Marie. Feeling more connected to his persona as the King than to his own family, Gutiérrez retreats from reality until a tragic accident interrupts his plans and forces him to grapple with his real-world responsibilities.
Armando Bo's stylish, yet tender, feature debut illuminates the glamour and grace that a stage can bring to any performer with the soul of an artist. The Last Elvis, buttressed by a stunning central performance by real-life Elvis tribute artist John McInerny, imbues its protagonist with depth and dignity, creating a realistic portrait of a broken man who seeks shelter in his dreams. As our Elvis takes flight within the King's music, so too does the film around him. - H.Z.
Armando Bo was born in Buenos Aires—a third-generation filmmaker. He studied filmmaking in New York and art history in Buenos Aires. In 2005 he and Patricio Alvarez founded Rebolucion, a leading Ibero-American commercial production company. Bo is a sought-after advertising director, having won 50 international awards in that capacity. In 2009 Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bo, and Nicolás Giacobone cowrote Biutiful, which was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2011, including best foreign language film. The Last Elvis (El último Elvis) is Bo's first feature film.