Section: Narrative Spotlight

Director: Kristian Mercado

Screenwriter: Angela Bourassa

Logline: Adam (Anthony Mackie) and Jane (Zoë Chao) are three years right into a NASA mission that has gone very mistaken. Their ship is damaged and now they drift between Jupiter and Saturn, discovering methods to cross the time as they grow to be extra sure that nobody is coming to avoid wasting them. Adam paints, and Jane makes an attempt to restore the ship. They argue over what films to observe. And each day, they dance. One day, Adam poses that perhaps they need to sleep collectively. Jane laughs the thought off — why mess up their nice dynamic simply so as to add yet one more (admittedly very enjoyable) exercise to their checklist of time-passing choices? Thus begins a pleasant, flirty debate about whether or not they’re higher off spending their remaining days as mates or one thing extra.

Sales Agent: UTA

Panelists: Anthony Mackie, Zoë Chao, and Kristian Mercado

Premiered: March 11, 2023

Key Quotes: Mercado: “If You Were The Last is a lovely journey of friendship and love that takes place in area. It’s about two mates who’re determining how issues evolve from friendship into love, that are difficult emotions that come up.”

Chao: “It’s kind of a pandemic-adjacent story with Jane and Adam navigating abandonment, loss, and isolation.”

Mackie: “I attempted to get my fainting goat employed [for the film] however anyone didn’t need it. Shout out to the fainting goat! His title is Josh and he lives in Cascade Stables.”

The Deadline Studio at SXSW runs March 10-13, the place the forged and creatives behind the perfect and buzziest titles on this yr’s lineup sit down with Deadline’s pageant staff to debate their films and the paths they took to get to Austin, Texas.

Anthony Mackie, Kristian Mercado, & Zoë Chao on the Deadline Studio at SXSW Film and Television Festival held on the Thompson Hotel on March 11, 2023, in Austin, Texas.

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