Scenes From Hopelandia
Fans literally faint with rapture during Sigur Rós concerts. It's all due to the Icelandic postrock band's haunting bowed guitar, sparse arrangements, and lyrics sung in Hopelandic, a gibberish language that frontman Jónsi uses as an instrument. And just when the bandmates were peaking in popularity, they returned home to Iceland to put on free concerts for their countrymen. The surprise shows in abandoned bunkers and community coffeehouses were documented in the band's 2007 documentary, Heima. The film will make you fall in love with Sigur Rós as well as with Iceland's lush but ghostly landscape.
Sigur Rós just released their second documentary, Inni, which immortalizes a two-night concert in London in 2008. The movie was shot in HD, transferred to 16mm film, and otherwise tweaked so that it resembles gritty, found footage from decades ago. It’s the work of French Canadian filmmaker Vincent Morisset, who created Arcade Fire’s “Mirror Noir” video.
Thu., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 9, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 5:30 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 3:15 & 7:45 p.m., 2011
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