Last Stop Before Chocolate Mountain
Amid the harsh Californian desert and on the shores of a toxic lake lies a land that time forgot, Bombay Beach. This once abandoned town is now home to a small eclectic community where art heals people in the most unexpected ways. A British matriarch, a retired bank robber, an evicted artist from LA and an Italian prince, open the doors to a magical land, a living theatre; perhaps a way into an alternative life. Through luscious, golden-hour photography and a gallery of spontaneous and colourful dialogue, director Della Sala creates a metaphorical place where we confront ourselves, awakening our creative impulses in the mirage of individual liberation. The result is a film that embodies a desperate but joyful collective yearning for acceptance, and a sense of belonging.