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John Connor [Celluloid 02.24.20] scifi experimental arthouse avant-garde

Last and First Men is a film directed by the late Icelandic musician / composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who passed away in 2018.

The project is inspired by Olaf Stapledon's 1930 sci-fi novel "Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future", and also on Dutch photographer Jan Kempenaers' 2010 art book "Spomenik".

The film features narration by Tilda Swinton.

Two billion years ahead of us, a future race of humans finds itself on the verge of extinction. Almost all that is left in the world are lone and surreal monuments, beaming their message into the wilderness.

The film is also based on the touring multimedia project of the same name that played during a concert accompanied by Jóhannsson's score with a live orchestra, also composed with Yair Elazar Glotman.

It is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival this month. No other release date has been set yet - stay tuned.

Recommended Release: MANDY

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John V Karavitis (3 years ago) Reply

Nonsensical premise. In two billion years you could populate the entire freaking galaxy! Boo yaaa!!!!


Wumpus (3 years ago) Reply

Let's see:

- Jóhannsson's contribution to "Mandy" was epic
- Olaf Stapledon is an underappreciated big thinker in the (very) early days of SF
- Tilda Swinton is on board

I will be following this very closely.


blackdawg (3 years ago) Reply

Oh. My. Gurg. I've always loved this book. And to have Jóhann Jóhannsson make it into a movie? 'Tis to swoon!

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