“Message” composer Johann Johanson’s first directorial work “Last and First Mankind” to be released in Japan ─ ​​Tilda Swinton’s narration, the last work completed after his death

message(2016) and “Borderline(2015) The composer of “Theory of Everything” (2014),Johann JohansonThe movie that became the first director’s work of『Last and First Men(原題)』But Japanese title“Last and first person”As a result, it has been decided that it will be released nationwide from July 23, 2021 (Monday). At the same time, a trailer and a teaser poster have been released.

Icelandic composer Johann Johanson (1969-2018) is known for his musical style, which combines classical and electronic music, and is active in a wide range of genres such as film, stage and contemporary dance. Received the Golden Globe Award for Best Composition for “Theory of Hiroshi and His Son”Denis VilleneuveThe director “Message” was also nominated for the award and attracted worldwide attention. others,musicsHis works include “Prisoners” (2013), “Mother!” (2017), “Mary Magdalene” (2018), and “Mandy Hell’s Road Warrior” (2018).

However, Johann died suddenly at the age of 48 on February 9, 2018, at the height of his career. Artists from all over the world, such as Sigur Rós and Max Richter, commented in memory, and Sakamoto, who had a close friendship with him before, said, “I thought that we would be making music together again and again. He suddenly left without seeing anything, and the ones left behind, including me, are just stunned. “

This work, “The Last and First People,” which has long been awaited to be released in Japan, is based on a work that was originally performed in the form of a cinema concert.A 16mm film directed by Johansson is projected onto the screen,Tilda SwintonWas read aloud and performed in the style of an orchestra playing Johansson’s score, but after Johansson’s death, the staff including cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovren composed it as a long-length movie. I tried to reproduce the premiere of July 2017 (Manchester, England). Two years after Johansson’s death, it was screened at the world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020.

The original is “The Last and First Humans” (Japanese translation out of print) published in 1930 by British philosopher and writer Olaf Stapledon. It is a science fiction writer who is said to have had a great influence on Arthur C. Clarke (“2001: A Space Odyssey”), a leading science fiction writer of the 20th century. One of the 18th generations of human beings who will live in the future 2 billion years ahead telepathically speaks to us of the 1st generation in the 20th century, the world of Johansson’s successful work “Message” It resonates with the view.

In the teaser posters and trailers that have been released, huge war monuments called “Spomenic” scattered in the former Yugoslavia are eye-catching. This is a number of monuments built to commemorate the victims of the Second World War against Germany and to showcase the victory of socialism. Its huge and bizarre design is somehow beautiful, inspiring a mysterious imagination and inviting the audience to a time journey with Swinton’s narration.

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