At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs - an eccentric ...
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At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs - an eccentric myriad of catchy compositions mixing in her pets, found toys, kitchen percussion and Casio keyboards. Sigridur Nielsdottir is her name, and before long the Icelandic/Danish musician became an adored cult figure in the Icelandic music scene, represented here by her young apprentices Mugison, Mum, and Seabear. Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm 'Grandma Lo-fi' is a cinematic tribute to her boundless creativity. Written by
Wonderful and respectful portrait of an elderly lady who had an impact on the music scene in Iceland
I saw this film as part of the Rotterdam Film Festival 2012. Regardless of the potential risk that this film could work out as a big joke at the expense of grandma, the net effect is a wonderful and respectful portrait of an elderly lady who seemed to have had some impact on the music scene in Iceland. Everything is home made with low-tech tools, and still producing 59 albums that were actually distributed and sold far far beyond the circles of family and friends.
The trailer of this film inspired me to book tickets, especially due to a few music fragments it contained, which sounded appealing to me for some inexplicable reason. Maybe I experienced her "secret" in these fragments?? The animation in this film was inspired by the collages, literally coming out of the hands of this same grandma, some of them used as CD covers, some of them just serving as wall decorations.
The Q&A after the screening revealed that the film makers spent as much as 8 years together with grandma, hence developed a gut feeling for what to include and what not.
On top of it all: the film contains many humorous fragments and scenes. I only mention the "Catering: Yes, please" in the final credits. But there is so much more. What else could I do than giving the maximum score for the audience award when leaving the theater??
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