A film by Ulrich Kohler
2018, 119 minutes
No. 199

Sometimes the end of the word can be a new beginning. In this boldly original take on the last man on earth genre, filmmaker Ulrich Kohler – part of the acclaimed Berlin School, a loosely defined group of directors that includes Christian Petzold and Maren Ade, among others – tells the story of a man adrift, who awakens one morning and discovers that seemingly all of humanity has disappeared.

Lost in life and beset by a recent passing, Armin has nowhere to go and just as much to show for himself. Fate (or something like it) intervenes when Armin finds himself the last survivor of humanity, leaving him to his limited devices and opening the door for self-discovery — but the gift of maximum freedom bears complications.

Kohler's In My Room is a deliciously wrought mystery with sly touches of black humor.

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Film Festival
Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival

"A film of meticulous details and sly, subtle ironies... Köhler takes a disarmingly realistic and restrained approach to a fantastical premise: the eternally popular fantasy of the last man on earth."
— Dennis Lim, Film Comment

"Köhler’s post-apocalyptic world is realized with great economy.... I’d love to go on talking about the various turns, but we’re already treading lightly on the narrative’s tastiest reveals."
— Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage

"Horrifying, hilarious and deeply humane. The sight of Armin on horseback, a massive rifle strapped to his back, ranks amongst the most inspired images to come out of German cinema in recent memory."
— Giovanni Marchini Camia, Sight & Sound

"Strange, funny, sneakily poignant... A disquieting, wonderfully imagined survivalist drama."
— Guy Lodge, Variety

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