Last Things

Evolution and extinction from the point of view of rocks and various future others: Last Things introduces the geo-biosphere as a place of evolutionary possibility, where humans disappear but life endures.
Catalysed by two novellas by J.-H. Rosny, joint pseudonym of the Belgian brothers Boex who wrote sci-fi before it was a genre, the film takes up their pluralist vision of evolution, where imagining prehistory is inseparable from envisioning the future. Also formative were Roger Caillois’s writing on stones, Clarice Lispector’s “The Hour of the Star,” Robert Hazen’s mineral evolution theory, the symbiosis theory of Lynn Margulis, Donna Haraway’s multi-species scenarios, Hazel Barton’s research on cave microbes, and Marcia Bjørnerud’s thoughts on time literacy.
In one way or another, these thinkers have all sought to displace humankind from the centre of evolutionary processes. Passages from Rosny and interviews with Bjørnerud form the film’s spine. Stones are its anchor. We trust stone as archive, but we may as well write on water. In the end, it’s particles that remain.
by Deborah Stratman
with Valérie Massadian, Marcia Bjørnerud
France / USA / Portugal 2023 English, French 50’ Colour World premiere


  • Valérie Massadian
  • Marcia Bjørnerud


Director Deborah Stratman
Screenplay Deborah Stratman
Cinematography Deborah Stratman
Editing Deborah Stratman
Sound Design Deborah Stratman
Sound Simon Apostolou
Producers Deborah Stratman, Anže Peržin, Gaëlle Boucand

Deborah Stratman

Deborah Stratman, born in 1967 in Washington D.C., USA, is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker. She has exhibited internationally at major biennials, art institutions, and film festivals. Stratman is the recipient of several awards, fellowships, and grants. She teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


1990 My Alchemy; 7 min. 1991 Upon a Time; 10 min. 1992 A Letter; 7 min. · Possibilities, Dilemmas; 10 min. · the train from la to la; 8 min. 1993 In Flight: Day No. 2,128; 2 min. · Palimpsest; 3 min. 1994 Waking; 7 min. 1995 Iolanthe; 5 min. · On the Various Nature of Things; 25 min. 1997 From Hetty to Nancy; 44 min. 1999 the BLVD; 64 min. 2001 Untied; 3 min. 2002 In Order Not to Be Here; 33 min. 2003 Energy Country; 15 min. 2004 Kings of the Sky; 68 min. 2005 How Among the Frozen Words; 1 min. 2006 It Will Die Out in the Mind; 4 min. 2007 The Magician’s House; 6 min. 2008 Butter and Tomatoes; 4 min. · The Memory; 2 min. 2009 O’er the Land; 52 min. 2010 Kuyenda N’Kubvina; 40 min. · FF; 3 min. · Shrimp Chicken Fish; 5 min. · Ray’s Birds; 7 min. 2011 …These Blazeing Starrs!; 14 min. · A Throb; 1 min. 2012 Village, silenced; 7 min. · The Name is not the Thing named; 11 min. 2013 Musical Insects; 7 min. · Immortal, Suspended; 6 min. 2014 Hacked Circuit; 15 min. · Second Sighted; 5 min. 2016 The Illinois Parables; 60 min., Forum Expanded 2016 · Xenoi; 15 min. 2017 Siege; 7 min. 2018 Optimism; 15 min., Forum Expanded 2018 2019 Vever (for Barbara); 12 min., Forum Expanded 2019 · Vever (for Barbara) 2021 For the Time Being; 7 min. · Laika; 5 min. 2023 Last Things

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023