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Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir  //  Amma Lo-fi (Orig.)

DIR: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
2012 / Iceland / 62 min


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At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. Seven 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 a Casio keyboard.

Sigríður Níelsdóttir is her name, and before long the Icelandic/Danish musician and visual artist became an adored cult figure in the Icelandic music scene, represented here by her young apprentices Mugison, múm, and Sin Fang of Seabear who pay tribute to the grandma’s irresistibly catchy, yet eccentric pop tunes.

Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm, Grandma Lo-fi was created over a period of seven years by three musicians and debuting directors, capturing the most productive period in the life of Sigríður Níelsdóttir. In many ways Sigríður is like a cartoon character. Poetic moves such as taking in broken-winged pigeons that in return sing along to her tunes, or transforming a cream whisk into a helicopter, all call for animated sequences that bridge the obscure space between her exemplary imagination and a delightfully peculiar everyday existence.

Grandma Lo-fi is a cinematic tribute to an amazing musician and to her boundless creativity.


Director Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
Screenplay Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Dir. of Photography
Editing Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson
Music Sigríður Níelsdóttir
Duration 62 min
Year 2012
Country Iceland
Colour Colour
Tags music, old age, portrait
Production Killit Films, Republik Film Production
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Scandinavian House NY, 2014 ...

Scandinavian House NY, 2014

Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden, 2013

Nordic Lights Film Festival (Nordic Heritage Museum), Seattle, USA, 2013

Sheffield DOC/FEST, Sheffield, UK, 2012

Open City Loncon Documentary Festival, UK, 2012

Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway, 2012

Docaviv Film Festival, Israel, 2012

IndieLisboa Portugal, International Independent Film Festival, Portugal, 2012

Festival Air d'Islande, France, 2012

Bafici Festival, Buenos Aires, 2012

Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands, 2012

Ambulante Mexioco Documentary Travelling Film Festival, 2012

MoMa/Documentary Fortnight, New York, 2012

South by Southwest, Texas, USA, 2012

Flatpack Festival, UK, 2012

Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland, 2012

Gimli Film Festival, Canada, 2012

Nordisk Panorama, Shorts and Documentaries Film Festival, Finland, 2012

REC Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tarragona, Tarragona, Spain, 2012

Exposed Festival for First Films, Cologne, Germany, 2012

CPH: DOX, 2011 - Award: Best International Music Film


Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2013 ...

Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2013 - Award: Nominated for documentary of the year.




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