Artist and filmmaker Philipp Humm today has unveiled the full theatrical trailer of The Last Faust starring Steven Berkoff. This is the world’s first cinematic adaptation of Goethe’s medieval masterpiece Faust 1 & 2.
The adaptation is a key element of Humm’s Gesamtkunstwerk ‘A Total Works of Art’.
The movie has transposed the 500-year old allegorical tale of Faust’s pact with the Devil to Silicon Valley in the year 2059. Humanity is on the brink of extinction as Artificial Intelligence (AI) heralds a new dawn of technological superiority.
The film stars screen and theatre legend Steven Berkoff as damned tech CEO Dr. Goodfellow. It also stars Martin Hancock as Faust and Glyn Dilley as Mephisto. This audacious production is the directorial debut of the London-based German artist, Philipp Humm. Co-directed by Dominik Wieschermann, the film has condensed Goethe’s epic into a 108-minute feature film.
Philipp Humm is a former tech entrepreneur (CEO Vodafone, Amazon) who dropped out of corporate life to focus full-time on his art. Speaking about the film’s contemporary spin, he says: “The story of Faust has more significance today than possibly any other time in history, our voracious thirst for technology means we’re sleepwalking into a dystopian future where artificial intelligence, unfettered by human concepts of empathy, reshapes the planet in its own image. The fact that we’re complicit in our own inevitable demise makes this tragedy all the more apposite. Before the Devil steals your soul, he’ll first steal your password.’’
The Last Faust transposes Goethe’s epic saga of damnation to the year 2059. Faust’s successor, Dr. Goodfellow is the CEO of Winestone, the world’s largest and most secretive tech firm. His predecessor Dr. Faust sold his soul, traded for the creation of the first Superhuman, to the devil Mephisto, in the manifestation of a Hedge Fund manager. However in the process, he unleashes a much darker force on to the world.
The Last Faust feature film is scheduled for international release in November 2019.