Sturla Brandth Grøvlen – Last and First Men #Berlinale2020

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PODCAST | Nicolò Comotti interviews Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, DOP of the film Last and First Men.

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FRED Film Radio has the chance to talk to the talented cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, here at the Berlinale for his work with the late Johann Johansson and his Last and First Men. Last and First Men is a hypnotic total work of art, a requiem for the universe containing echoes of Kubrick, Tarr and the avant-garde that turns cinema into a pure synthesis of sounds and images; a place of the impossible, where the deepest past meets the most distant future.

Last and First Men:  There are no people in Last and First Men, but the film does feature three very special protagonists: the concrete testimonies of Yugoslavian brutalism, Tilda Swinton’s voice and the music of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who composed the soundtracks for Sicario and Arrival and who died in 2018 at the age of 48. Jóhannsson made several Super 8 and 16mm shorts and often used visual elements when performing his musical works. The idea for his first feature-length film came to him in 2010 when he saw Dutch photographer Jan Kempenaers’ images of the colossal monuments of the Tito era. Jóhannsson, an avid reader of science fiction, accompanies his 16mm black-and-white footage with excerpts from British author and philosopher Olaf Stapledon’s eponymous visionary 1930 novel, read ethereally by Tilda Swinton.

To discover more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Nicolò Comotti
  • Guest
    Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Last and First Men
  • Festival section
    Berlinale Special
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