WARNING: There is full-frontal nudity of actor Shia LaBeouf in this video. If you or your boss/co-workers are frightened or disgusted or shocked or offended by the human anatomy you should seek professional help might want to skip this one or save it for the privacy of your own home.
Sigur Rós are delighted to reveal the third film in their Mystery Film Experiment series, which has seen a dozen filmmakers receiving the same modest budget to create whatever comes into their head when listening to songs from the band’s new U.S. and UK top 10 album Valtari. The third film sees acclaimed director Alma Har’el producing a film to accompany the album’s final track, “Fjögur Píanó.” The stunning video stars Shia LaBeouf, and features “a man and woman locked in a never-ending cycle of addiction and desire.” “Fjögur Píanó” is Har’el’s first project since winning “Best Documentary Feature” at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival for her outstanding debut Bombay Beach. Watch the video HERE and read a Q&A with the director via the Wall Street Journal HERE. Says the band’s bassist Georg Holm, “We really had no idea what to expect from Alma. Originally she was going to film us on super 8 in Iceland all playing the piano lines from the song, but then she rang and said she’d met Shia LaBeouf and they’d changed the idea, that was the last we heard of the concept and she told us nothing about what was going on. At first I didn’t know what to make of the video, because it is so full of ideas and confusion, but now I completely love it. It seems to have no beginning and no end, and just makes you think about what might and might not be going on. It’s a puzzle and I think it’s absolutely amazing.” Har’el’s “Fjögur Píanó” film follows films by Ragnar Kjartansson (for the track “Ég Anda”) and Inga Birgisdóttir (for “Varúd”) – both are also available to view at www.sigur-ros.co.ukThe idea behind the Mystery Film Experiment is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Other filmmakers working without brief to a chosen song are John Cameron Mitchell, director of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Shortbus and Rabbit Hole; acclaimed American photographer Ryan McGinley; Arni & Kinski, the video makers behind some of the best-loved Sigur Rós clips; and Ramin Bahrani, described by Roger Ebert as “the director of the decade.” Films are set to be rolled out every couple of weeks throughout the summer in what will hopefully be a dizzying array of stylistic approaches and end results.
Here’s an A-Z of who’s signed up to the ‘Valtari’ Film Project:
Filmmaker / Jeremy Deller collaborator behind “Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode” as well as the super 8 film that came with Sigur Rós’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust album.www.nicholasabrahams.com
Arni & Kinski
Icelandic directors of Sigur Rós videos “Vidrar vel til loftárása,” “Glósóli,” “Hoppípolla” and “Gobbledigook.” www.arniandkinski.com
Roger Ebert’s “director of the decade”. (Chop Shop, Plastic Bag). Currently in post on a new feature At Any Price. www.raminbahrani.com
Kjartansson (b. 1976) has been experimenting with elements of visual art, music, and theater and considers himself mainly a performance artist. His pieces are characterized by the play between contradictory feelings- sorrow and happiness, horror and beauty, drama and humor. Kjartansson represented Iceland at the 2009 Venice Biennalehttp://www.galerieadler.com/kuenstler/kjartansson/index.shtml
Irish film artist, whose work has been shown in galleries worldwide, including MOMA NYC and Tate Liverpool. www.clarelangan.com