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).

Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #8

FILM #8: DAUÐALOGN BY HENRY JUN WAH LEE

 

dauðalogn is a spiritual and meditative journey into nature.

since the time of our earliest ancestors, nature has been a source for inspiration, imagination, and wisdom. nature is where we come from. even in this modern age, its energy still flows through our veins. being in nature, we see the world our ancestors saw: a place of beauty, a place to reflect, a place to learn, and a place to connect with the heart and soul.

filming took place deep in the primeval forest of yakushima, a remote island in southern japan. i chose this location both for its unique beauty and because the story of yakushima was representative of the often fragile relationship between humans and nature. the giant trees on the island were once revered as sacred by locals. they lived for thousands of years but for the past 5 centuries they were logged to near extinction. the scarred landscape coupled with the dramatic way in which the forest has recovered made for a picturesque and magical atmosphere.

Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #5

FILM #5: ÉG ANDA BY RAMIN BAHRANI

 

writer/director ramin bahrani’s films have premiered and screened at such festivals as venice, cannes, sundance, berlin and toronto. he has won numerous awards such as the fipresci prize for best film (man push cart, london; goodbye solo, venice), the “someone to watch” independent spirit award (chop shop), and was the recipient of a guggenheim fellowship. he collaborated with werner herzog on his short film plastic bag and recently directed a music video for sigur rós. in 2010 legendary american film critic roger ebert proclaimed bahrani as “the director of the decade.” his new film at any price with dennis quaid and zac efron was released in 2012.