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Last and First Men

Science Fiction 1h 10m 2020

Last and First Men juxtaposes the speculative sci-fi of writer Olaf Stapledon, a mesmeric musical score by the late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and beautiful images, filmed in 16mm black and white of futuristic, brutalist, otherworldly stone monuments erected during the communist era in the former Yugoslav republics. Narrated by Tilda Swinton, the film leads us into a surreal and phantasmagorical world where a future race of humans find themselves on the verge of extinction, and their monuments remain as lone, abandoned beacons beaming their message into the wilderness. Poetic, tragic and hopeful, the film represents Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final and most person work, an allegory of remembrance, ideals and the death of utopia.





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