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SIGUR ROS: HEIMA

Director: DEAN DeBLOIS

ICELAND • 2007 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DIGITAL VIDEO • 97 MIN


DIRECTOR DEAN DeBLOIS’S DOCUMENTARY CHRONICLES TWO WEEKS IN THE SUMMER OF 2006 WHEN ACCLAIMED ICELANDIC GROUP SIGUR ROS PLAYED THEIR ETHEREAL MUSIC IN FAR-FLUNG CORNERS OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL HOMELAND.
For those who haven’t heard of Iceland’s most famous musical export since Bjork and the Sugarcubes, Sigur Ros comprises singer-Guitarist Jon Thor ‘Jonsi’ Birgisson, bassist Georg ‘Goggi’ Holm, keyboard player Kjartan ‘Kjarri’ Sveinsson and percussionist Orri Pall Dyrason. The group’s enigmatic and elegant recordings now sell in the millions. The film shows Sigur Ros playing in locations that include a deserted fishing town, a protest camp at the edge of a controversial dam, an outdoor art shrine, and a national park. The film features performances from all four Sigur Ros albums, many radically reworked, as well as two exclusive new songs— ‘Gitardjamm’, which was filmed inside an abandoned herring oil tank in the far west of the country, and the traditional ‘A ferd til Breidafjardar 1922’, performed with poet Steindor Andersen. The Guardian captures the film well: ‘relentlessly quirky, but often staggeringly beautiful’.

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