DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Last Autumn


The Last Autumn




CATALOGUE TEXT
Árneshreppur is the name of the rural Icelandic community to which the filmmaker Yrsa Roca Fannberg quite evidently lost her heart. Perhaps because here, on the northwestern edge of the island state, everything loses itself: the distinction between heaven, water and earth, the gaze, and humans anyway. At the beginning of 2019 Árneshreppur had forty inhabitants. When shooting started in 2016, there were a few more, for example the farmer Úlfar and his wife Oddný. But the couple had already decided to turn their backs on a beloved but brittle landscape, like all the others.

This film is notoriously late for any attempt to change their minds. But as a poetic survey of a disappearing reality of life in which every sequence shot, every black and white still is designed as a visual document of the last resort it is actually aimed at the later generations, who will know sheep only from the supermarket refrigerator. We follow Úlfar and Oddný through a busy autumn. He drives the tractor, recovers driftwood trunks and drives the sheep, together with the few remaining helpers. She prepares the meals. Every movement is practiced – and yet already a gesture of tidying up, almost as if they wanted to hand over this landscape which is increasingly empty of humans and sheep in an orderly manner. But to whom?

Sylvia Görke

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Credits
Original Title: Síðasta haustið Country: Iceland Year: 2019 Language: Icelandic Subtitle: English Runtime: 78 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour and B&W Director: Yrsa Roca Fannberg Producer: Hanna Björk Valsdóttir, Yrsa Roca Fannberg Cinematographer: Carlos Vásquez Méndez Editor: Federico Delpero Bejar Music: Gyða Valtýsdóttir Sound: Björn Viktorsson Script: Yrsa Roca Fannberg, Elín Agla Website: yrsarocafannberg.org/film
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