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valtari film experiment

join sigur rós fans on all seven continents for a unique program of short films

the weekend of december 7 – 9, a “valtari film experiment” program collects at least 17 commissioned “official” and fan-created short films created to coincide with the album valtari. the program will screen on all seven continents (yes, including antarctica). venues will include cinemas, cinema-like spaces, rock clubs, native american casinos, hardware stores, hairdresser salons, and beyond. with the band’s live film inni, large venues were particularly pursued, but this time, smaller, more avant-garde film-type spaces are sought out, though there will be many exceptions. in addition, we seek to deliver the films to the locations exclusively via the internet, cutting down on shipping drama and further embracing how the internet can connect people working on similar events around the world.

upon the release of their album valtari, sigur rós gave a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the album. the idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are alma har’el, andrea arnold, john cameron mitchell, ramin bahrani, and floria sigismondi. at the same time, the band invited fans to contribute their own personal creations.

here are the confirmed dates. booking for the program continues, and, below this list, we invite you to suggest further ideas, though please accept in good spirits that not everything is going to work out (and, yes, there are some modest fees). you will also note that new york will be at a location yet to be announced, though tickets are for sale, and should be ordered now.

more announcements will be forthcoming as more locations are confirmed.

see the confirmed list of dates.

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heima

by Sigur Rós

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“Sigur Rós’ creativity and open attitude was at one with Iceland’s ravishingly beautiful landscape.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

In the endless magic hour of the Icelandic summer, Sigur Rós played a series of concerts around their homeland. Combining both the biggest and smallest shows of their career, the entire tour was filmed, and provides a unique insight into one of the world’s shyest and least understood bands captured live in their natural habitat.

The culmination of more than a year spent promoting their hugely successful Takk… album around the world, the Icelandic tour was free to all-comers and went largely unannounced. Playing in deserted fish factories, outsider art follies, far-flung community halls, sylvan fields, darkened caves and the hoofprint of Odin’s horse, Sleipnir*, the band reached an entirely new spectrum of the Icelandic population; young and old, ardent and merely quizzical, entirely by word-of-mouth.

The question of the way Sigur Rós’s music relates to, and is influenced by, their environment has been reduced to a journalistic cliché about glacial majesty and fire and ice, but there is no doubt that the band are inextricably linked to the land in which they were forged. And the decision to film this first-ever Sigur Rós film in Iceland was, in the end, ineluctable.

Shot using a largely Icelandic crew (to minimise Eurovision-style scenic-wonder overload), Heima – which means both “at home” and “homeland” – is an attempt to make a film every bit as big, beautiful and unfettered as a Sigur Rós album. As such it was always going to be something of a grand folie, but one, which taking in no fewer than 15 locations around Iceland (including the country’s largest ever concert at the band’s Reykjavik homecoming), is never less than epic in its ambition.

Material from all four of the band’s albums is featured, including many rare and notable moments. Among these are a heart-stopping rendition of the previously unreleased ‘Gitardjamm,’ filmed inside a derelict herring oil tank in the far West Fjords; a windblown, one-mic recording of ‘Vaka,’ shot at a dam protest camp subsequently drowned by rising water; and first time acoustic versions of such rare live beauties as ‘Staralfur,’ ‘Agaetis Byrjun,’ and ‘Von.’

* The huge horseshoe canyon at Ásbyrgi was, according to legend, formed by the hoofprint of this mythical beast.

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