The first and only film directed by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who died in 2018 when he wasn’t even 50 years old, has three main characters: his music, brutalist monuments in the mountains of the former Yugoslavia, and the voice of Tilda Swinton. Jóhannsson, an avid sci-fi reader, combines impressive black-and-white footage with excerpts from British author Olaf Stapledon's visionary 1930s novel, read by Swinton's otherworldly voice. A total work of art, a mesmerizing contemporary science fiction film.
Johannsson is an Icelandic composer and filmmaker (1969-2018). He wrote the score for a number of films, including several by Denis Villeneuve. In 2015, he won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for his work on the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. In the same year, he made his debut short film as a director, END OF SUMMER.