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Part of SFFILM Festival

Last Autumn

Directed by Yrsa Roca Fannberg

Iceland | Documentary | 78

15 Apr
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Creativity Theater
Creativity Theater 221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
16 Apr
Thu, Apr 16 at 6:00 pm
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
18 Apr
Sat, Apr 18 at 1:00 pm


On the remote Icelandic coast sits a sheep farm tended to by a husband and wife who have lived off the land for years, but have decided that this will be the last season they spend with their shimmying, braying herd. With intimate attention to the couple’s routine, the landscape, and the well-loved animals that inhabit it, director Yrsa Roca Fannberg patiently observes the rhythm of this isolated homestead, one that cannot keep up with impending change, heralded through the radio that broadcasts the news during each meal.

“It’s a wistful film, depicting what could clearly be called the end of an era, although instead of The Last Picture Show, you get the last herding, as the whole family, including the city folk, gathers one more time to drive the sheep from the hills. It’s especially poignant as it’s quite clear that this kind of life brought these two people joy – and not just them: when their animals are being fed milk straight from a bottle, there is some truly impressive tail-waggling going on.” –Marta Balaga, Cineuropa

Director Yrsa Roca Fannberg

Yrsa Roca Fannberg made her documentary directorial debut with Salome (2014), and received a nomination for Documentary of the Year from Iceland’s Edda Awards. The Last Autumn is her second feature.

“I wanted to capture a dramatic event, the death of a way of living, in a non-dramatic way. Farmers, especially in Iceland, are not dramatic. They deal with life as it comes, like a task. Of course, they have emotions, but it is very pragmatic. To me, it was important to capture a way of life, which in a way is the backbone of how Iceland has seen itself during centuries.” –Yrsa Roca Fannberg

Filmmaker Profile


Film Details

Language Icelandic

Original Language Title Síðasta haustið

Year 2019

Premiere North American

Runtime 78

Country Iceland

Director Yrsa Roca Fannberg

Producer Hanna Björk Valsdóttir, Yrsa Roca Fannberg

Editor Federico Delpero Bejar

Cinematographer Carlos Vásquez Méndez

Music Gyða Valtýsdóttir