Last and First Men

Thu 6 July, 2017

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MIF17 was thrilled to present the world symphonic performance premiere of Last and First Men, an extraordinary new multimedia work by Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The event featured images, narration from Tilda Swinton and a live score performed by the BBC Philharmonic, all from the soon-to-be-released film Last and First Men.

Based on the cult novel by British science fiction writer Olaf Stapledon, the performance blurred the boundary between fiction and documentary. The work set images of a futuristic yet decaying monumental landscape, beautifully filmed in 16mm black and white in the former Yugoslav republics, against Swinton’s narration and Jóhannsson’s mesmerising orchestral soundtrack. The result was a breathtaking requiem for the final human species in civilisation, seen and heard first at MIF17.

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