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Last and First Men

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an outdoor monument in black and white with forests behind
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15 Feb 2021 - 31 Mar 2021

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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

2020 / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Essay • 1h 11m / Certificate 12

Tilda Swinton

Jóhann Jóhannsson


Leeds Film Player has an exciting new line-up of films for the February and March period. They have selected a few of the best new releases and other recent highlights and are presenting them alongside another small batch of previous LIFF Favourites. This time they are offering low cost passes for each category - LIFF Selects and LIFF Audience Favourites - to enjoy multiple films.

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Leeds International Film Festival
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