**** NOTE: We are holding an encore, first-come-first-served screening at 9:30pm - Doors will open at at 9:15pm (no pre-sale tickets for the encore screening).
"dreamlike haze of throbbing black and white . . . eccentric . . . shimmering . . . piquant . . . a burnished collision of the specific and the abstract. . .”
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“German Expressionism on acid… some sort of lost artefact… straight out of [A] Midsummer Night’s Dream… succeeds fully.”
- Todd Brown, Twitchfilm
“something stunning . . . one of the most engrossing concert films in recent memory. . . ”
- Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail
“haunting, emotion-drenched . . . soul-stirring fusion of joy and heartache . . . usher[s] the listener into a state of near-celestial rapture.”
- Justin Chang, Variety (gathered from two articles)
“The ghost-like, ethereal quality of the visuals mixed with the otherworldly sounds can captivate in their intensity as well as carry you to another plane of existence. Let the music wash over you, enjoy the religious experience on screen, and convert all your friends into lovers of uniquely original music.”
- Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
“the band become ghostly apparitions . . . the footage suggests it was filmed in a vast cave or on the Moon . . . an abstract living painting – which looks beautiful on a big screen.”
- Andrew Eaton-Lewis, The Scotsman
On Friday, February 24, Sigur Rós fans and film-lovers can enjoy a big screen viewing of Inni, Sigur Rós’ second live film following 2007's tour hugely-celebrated documentary Heima. Whereas that film positioned the group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their music, Inni focuses purely on the band's performance, and stands as a stark counterpoint to Heima's kaleidoscopic richness. Inni focuses purely on the band’s performance, which is artfully and intimately captured by French-Canadian director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s Miroir Noir). Interweaving archive material from the band’s first ten years with the sometimes gossamer light, sometimes punishingly intense, concert footage, Inni cocoons the viewer with both intimacy and claustrophobia.
The film's atmosphere is enhanced by Morisset's re-filming of the original digital footage on 16mm, which was then re-filmed again, sometimes through prisms and other found objects, allowing Inni to look and feel like something recovered from the past. Interspersed with this is archival footage drawn from the band's previous decade, dating back as far as 1998. This juxtaposition gives viewers the full scope of Sigur Rós' origins, evolution, originality and influence.
Tickets are $7 / $5 for Squeaky Wheel Members.
Read an interview on NPR with director Vincent Morisset about the reflexive filmmaking he used for his 75-minute Sigur Ros documentary, "INNI."
DIRECTORS STATEMENT (excerpted from the NPR interview):
"We printed a positive copy of the film and then projected INNI on a screen. With hands and different translucent objects in front of the projector's lens, we were able to distort and transform the image. The handmade effects were then recaptured by a digital camera filming the screen. The music was playing in the dark room. The whole process was instinctive. We shot several times each song and then re-edited the whole film with the most interesting moments. With these multiple generations of transfer we lost details in the image. The mood became dreamy, the gestures and compositions almost abstract. We never wanted to do something retro. For us, it was about taking advantage of the best of two worlds. For the animation interludes, Olivier Goulx, Raoul Paulet and I also worked with our hands, recreating in a living room natural phenomena that echoed the visuals from the tour. Raindrops done with broken mirrors, clouds in aquarium, flashlight tricks, etc...
In the end though, what we wanted was to translate the intensity and immense beauty of the Sigur Rós live experience."
This event is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.