Based on Olaf Stapledon’s cult sci-fi novel, Last and First Men is the first and only feature film directed by the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario, Arrival). Set two billion years in the future, the last survivors of an advanced society find themselves on the verge of extinction. Combining hypnotic 16mm black-and-white images of Yugoslavian monuments, an ethereal score and narration by Tilda Swinton, Jóhannsson creates a profound meditation on the end of days.
“A visionary work about the final days of humankind that stretches the audience’s ability to imagine not only an immense time frame reaching over billions of years, but huge steps in human evolution.” - Deborah Young, Variety
“A ravishing 70-minute audiovisual essay on human mortality, extinction and legacy - all the more poignant for being its maker’s final creative statement.” - Guy Lodge, Variety