Archive of films Last and First Men / Last and First Men
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s experimental audiovisual sci-fi poem is set in the distant future, when humanity finds itself on the edge of extinction. The film offers a unique experience that defies the familiar concepts of time and space. The majestic black-and-white visuals echo with the Icelander’s characteristic resonant sound design and, together with a recitative from Tilda Swinton, make for a compelling creation.
Somewhere in the distant future the human race is heading for extinction. Surreal, solitary monuments are all that remain as beacons of its former glory, sending their urgent message out into the cosmic wilderness. Completed after his death, this hypnotic piece is the only feature-length film by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson – an original audiovisual sci-fi poem, in which real brutalist concrete ornaments are transformed into unsettling objects from the distant future. The contrastive, black-and-white 16mm shots, in combination with the majestic minimalism of Jóhannsson’s music, make for a unique experience that defies the familiar concepts of time and space. The singularity of the work is enhanced by a dreamlike recitative delivered by Tilda Swinton, who accompanies the film with a sci-fi tale from Olaf Stapledon.
About the director
Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969 - 2018). Filmography (documentaries): End of Summer (2014, short), Last and First Men (2020).
About the film
Black & white, DCP
|Screenplay:||Jóhann Jóhannsson, José Enrique Macián podle knihy / based on the book by Olaf Stapledon|
|Dir. of Photography:||Sturla Brandth Grøvlen|
|Music:||Yair Elazar Glotman, Jóhann Jóhannsson|
|Production:||Zik Zak Filmworks|
Louise Højgaard Johansen