End of Summer

End of Summer
Director: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Islandija, Denmark, 2014, 28 mins., no dialogue

Shot on black and white super 8 film, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s End of Summer is a hypnotic and slow-burning dérive through the austere landscapes of the island of South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Filmed as a series of mostly static tableaux over a period of 20 days during the waning days of the Antarctic Summer, the film is a startling look at life at the edge of the world. The film is informed by American theorist Timothy Morton's idea of dark ecology - in which the old ideas of nature as an object of beauty and the privileging of the human is disputed. Without narration and with a soundtrack that blends cello and voices with Jóhann's field recordings from the voyage, the film maps and explores the terrain of an increasingly fragile region.

2015 Winner of the International Short Film Competition in IndieLisboa

About the director

Jóhann Jóhannsson was an Icelandic composer and filmmaker – he passed away in February 2018. Jóhann’s background was in Iceland’s vibrant alternative music scene, but his best known work was his unique blend of chamber music and electronics. Jóhann has composed music for several major films including original scores for Prisoners (2013), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Sicario (2015) and is a two-time Academy Award nominee and a Golden Globe Winner. End of Summer is his first film as a director.

Section: Soundscapes. A Tribute to Composer, Film Director Jóhann Jóhannsson

Dir. of Photography: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Robert A.A. Lowe

Producer: Louise H. Johansen ir Jóhann Jóhannsson