Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir

Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir

Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir

Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir

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.

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  • Original title
    Amma Lo-fi
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
  • Dir. of Photo.
  • Editing
    Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson
  • Music
    Sigríður Níelsdóttir
  • Sound
  • Duration
    62 min
  • Year
    2012
  • Country
    • Iceland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    ICE
  • Subtitles
    ENG
  • Production
    Killit Films
    Denmark
    Republik Film Production
    Seljavegi 2
    101 Reykjavík
    Iceland
    tel: (+354) 445 5555
    e-mail: republik@republik.is, arni@republik.tv
  • Distribution

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