Sigur Rós. Elle Fanning. John Hawkes. Floria Sigismondi.
There is something about this Icelandic band (Sigur Rós) that takes you to a different place. Close your eyes, listen….and you’ll go there. Or watch this short film, and you will see beautiful images of a heartbroken man, and a young dreamer, thanks to director Floria Sigismondi. She’s notorious for helming projects for the likes of Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Marilyn Manson, The White Stripes….many more. John Hawkes you might recognize from ‘American Gangster’ or ‘Deadwood,’ Elle Fanning from ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ or ‘Somewhere,’ perhaps even my favorite, ‘Phoebe in Wonderland.’ Now that I’ve summed up the players to concise little packages (they are known for oh-so-much-more) shall we proceed?
He sits at a bar with a scotch. She dance through the rubble of a broken down house. And then……
Well, you’ll see. When you watch and listen.
Have you gotten to the end yet?
Here’s a thought. Can you reference a poem that this reminds you of and share it here with us? Or share the way this makes you feel?
What are you afraid of? What aren’t you afraid of?
[Note: This film is a part of the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment. Sigur Rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album Valtari. The idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Among the filmmakers are Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el and John Cameron Mitchell.
The band explains:
“We never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. we don’t want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. with the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. none of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it will be interesting.” – Sigur Rós, May 2012]