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The Northern Lights Film Series highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and Canada’s North! In the early 2000s, a young Gimli Film Festival focused nearly exclusively on this circumpolar them. Since then, the Festival has grown to celebrate films from all corners of the earth, but our Northern Lights Film Series remains a keystone element of the Festival’s annual programming.

 

Generously sponsored by Claire Gillis & Ernest Stefanson.


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What can we learn from the voice speaking to us from two billion years away? Last and First Men juxtaposes the seminal speculative science fiction story by Olaf Stapledon, a haunting musical score by the late celebrated Icelandic composer and musician Jóhan Jóhannson (The Theory of Everything, Sicario, Arrival) and filmed images of futuristic, brutalist, otherworldly stone monuments erected during the communist era in the former Yugoslav republics, shot in 16mm black and white by renowned cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Victoria, Rams). Narrated by Tilda Swinton, the film beckons us into a world of surreal and phantasmagorical monuments where a future race of humans finds themselves on the verge of extinction, and where the monuments – once intended as symbols of Unity and Brotherhood – remain as lone, abandoned beacons beaming their message into the wilderness. While the story of crumbling future civilizations is told, the spectral presence of an entity attempting to communicate with us emerges. Poetic, tragic and hopeful, LAST AND FIRST MEN represents Jóhann Jóhannson's final and most personal work – an allegory of remembrance, ideals and the death of utopia.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    70 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Iceland
  • Rating
    PG
  • Director
    Jóhann Jóhannsson