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Sigur Rós: Heima (2007)

In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland.

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Dean DeBlois
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Credited cast:
Amiina Amiina ... Herself
Hildur Arsaelsdottir Hildur Arsaelsdottir ... Herself (as Hildur Ársealsdóttir)
Jon Thor Birgisson ... Himself
Orri P. Dyrason ... Himself
Georg Holm Georg Holm ... Himself
María Huldmarkan María Huldmarkan ... Herself
Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir ... Herself
Kjartan Sveinsson Kjartan Sveinsson ... Himself
Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir ... Herself
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In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland. This film documents their already legendary tour with intimate reflections from the band and a handful of new acoustic performances. Written by anonymous

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Heima. A tribute to the people and places that make up 'home.'

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Documentary | Music

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iceland

Language:

English | Icelandic

Release Date:

5 October 2007 (Iceland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Jon Thor Birgisson: I think Kjarri's grandmother, she went to the concert and thought it was really loud, and then heard it was on TV, too. Like, "It was on the TV! Let's go home! If it's on TV, let's go home and watch it on TV." Then it was the end of the last song and these crazy backdrops and stuff, like really intense. Then she thought something was wrong with her TV and shut it off. I think it's nice.
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Compelling portrayal of a country and its most famous band
11 March 2008 | by Robert_WoodwardSee all my reviews

The Icelandic band Sigur Ros craft otherworldly songs with lyrics drifting between their native tongue and an invented language called 'Hopelandic.' I have long found their music to be both distinctive and enjoyable but continue to harbour some unresolved feelings about the band. I find their music to be rather less subtle than post-rock contemporaries such as Mogwai and Labradford and cannot help but regard their invented lyrical language with a degree of cynicism. Being an admirer of the band but not exactly their greatest fan, I approached Heima, their feature-length film, with a little trepidation. However, I regard the film as a triumph.'Heima' is an Icelandic word for 'home' and this film is accordingly as much about Iceland as the Sigur Rose, who must surely have surpassed Bjork as their country's most famous musical export. I have myself visited Iceland to view its stunning scenery but was nevertheless left breathless by some of the cinematography in this film. The beautiful landscapes of Iceland serve as the backdrop for many of the band's songs, whilst further footage of desolate lava fields, picturesque villages and mammoth glaciers is interspersed between the performances recorded in live venues and the interviews conducted with individual band-members.Sigur Ros choose some remarkable locations in which to play their music. The band illuminate obscure corners of Iceland, most remarkably when they stage a live performance in a disused factory in an abandoned fishing town. The interviews with the band feature some frank and sometimes-humorous recollections and I found it fascinating to watch the way that Icelandic people reacted to the music being performed.The songs of Sigur Ros and the footage of Iceland combine to make this a film that is much more than a straightforward performance video. This is instead a powerful evocation of Iceland through the eyes and ears of the band. For anyone with a passing interest in Sigur Ros or in Iceland this film will be compelling viewing.


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