Leonard Cohen

And who by fire, who by water,
who in the sunshine, who in the night time,
who by high ordeal, who by common trial,
who in your merry merry month of may,
who by very slow decay,
and who shall I say is calling?
And who in her lonely slip, who by barbiturate,
who in these realms of love, who by something blunt,
and who by avalanche, who by powder,
who for his greed, who for his hunger,
and who shall I say is calling?
And who by brave assent, who by accident,
who in solitude, who in this mirror,
who by his lady’s command, who by his own hand,
who in mortal chains, who in power,
and who shall I say is calling?

Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #14

FILM #14: VALTARI BY CHRISTIAN LARSON

 

i’ve always been inspired by dance, so i wanted to tell a short story with dialogue through movement, without anyone saying anything. sidi larbi cherkaoui’s extraordinary choreography created this unique communication between the dancers james o’hara & nicola leahey. larbi’s way of working with flexibility played as an interesting contrast to the harsh environment in which matthias montero’s pure and ethereal style of cinematography allowed an intimate portrait of the couple.

Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #11

FILM #11: DAUÐALOGN BY RUSLAN FEDOTOW

 

DIRECTORS COMMENTARY

it was a team of four people brought together by their passion for sigur ros. we liked the task that for the video we could use anything that comes to our mind while listening to sigur ros music. we didn’t have a budget and it was very cold weather that’s why the video process was very extreme. we had a week left until the deadline and we still didn’t know what to do, but we even didn’t think about quitting.
we went to a small village for three days and everything we had was a tape recorder, sigur ros album, and some video equipment. the first day we were listening for the music, for the whole day and in the evening we shared our impressions. every night we tried to make a fire not to freeze at night. the next two days we were experimenting and created some video materials. when we came back home we realized that we don’t know what to do with the video. we had a day left until the deadline and we started mixing files. than we saw that there was something interesting, after what we stopped and just finished the video.
the most pleasant thing about the video is that everyone finds something for them there. it means that we could visualize the music. wanted to thank sigur ros for the opportunity to participate in the contest. separate thanks to everyone who voted for our video.

thanks from – fedotow ruslan, zheludovich nik, borsuk sergey, alex tsymbaliuk, khursevich mikhail

PRODUCTION COMMENTARY

at first there was no plot, cause we had neither a director, nor time to search for one – the deadline was at hand. that’s why we decided to reduce the so much debated plot to zero and to construct the story upon sensually emotional base, upon apperception of our favourite sigur rós music. accordingly, we knew not a verbal interpretation of the answer to a trite question “what is this video about?” a shrink, that dug the video’s idea, helped us. at once he told us, that video is written in the language of the unconscious: candor, repressed childhood feelings and fears: the birth, self-awareness, settling in the outer world, understanding the duality of personality, relationships with parents, fear of death. everyone has notorious experiences, which, no matter how forgotten, perform momentous influence on the whole life. especially significant, in his opinion, is the scene with apples: it helps understand that the story told through the visuals is in fact a story about one person, bipolar and in eternal search for a balance between the two entities. the finish of this fight is senility, the inner end of the struggle of opposites, a submersion. as in the video scene, where the characters are flowing through life in a confined space, a metaphor of which is the boat. and then they submerge into an integral element – water, becoming one.

it’s tricky to understand the half of the mentioned above, yet there lurks a feeling, a crazy feeling that someone interprets your work so easily, and does not falter in his interpretation.

Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #10

FILM #10: EKKI MÚKK BY NICK ABRAHAMS

 

a magical journey through an english field – this short is something of a taster for a feature film i have in development – a big thank you to everyone who threw themselves into this project, especially aidan gillen, tod the fox and shirley collins (the voice of the snail, who is one of britain’s greatest folk singers, you could do worse than seeking out her work).