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We Love…Valtari Film Experiments by Sigur Rós

Critically acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Rós has recently released the album Valtari, and with it, the unveiling of a film experiment comprising sixteen commissioned, short films inspired by their music.

Under the title The Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, a group of filmmakers where asked to create a visual representation of a song from the album with “utmost creative freedom.”

“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,” explains the band on their website.

Esteemed directors including Alma Har’el (featured earlier this year following the release of his surreal documentary, Bombay Beach, about post-apocalyptic landscape of the Salton Sea area of California), John Cameron Mitchell, and Igna Bingisdottir have conttributed to a hypnotic compilation of electrifying and hauntingly beautiful music videos. Published last week, the final installment to the project was Leaning Towards Solace by Floria Sigimondi, starring American actor John Hawkes and girl-of-the-moment Elle Fanning. This dream-like short follows a young girl (Fanning) as she “confronts the death of her father”, which was inspired, surprisingly, by the economic collapse.

Larry Clark’s recent film Marfa Girl, sees the American director forgoing a heavy blockbuster budget in favor of complete artistic freedom. The Valtari project, which has attracted a host of creative talent, suggests a rebirth of interest in independent short film, a genre long in decline. A DVD compilation of the Valtari videos will be available for purchase in early February.

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