Scene from the film Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir
Scene from the film Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir
Scene from the film Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir

Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir

  • Iceland
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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.

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  • Original title
    Amma Lo-fi
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
  • Editing
    Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson
  • Music
    Sigríður Níelsdóttir
  • Duration
    62 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Iceland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • 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
  • Awards
    • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2013 - Award: Nominated for documentary of the year. is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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