ICELAND / DENMARK – 2012 – 62 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ICELANDIC & DANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY INGIBJÖRG BIRGISDÓTTIR, ORRI JONSSON & KRISTÍN BJÖRK KRISTJÁNSDÓTTIR
NON-THEATRICAL: AVAILABLE FOR TV, VOD & FILM FESTIVALS ONLY
At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from her living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 song; an eccentric myriad of catch compositions mixing in her pets' purrs and coos, found toys, kitchen percussion and casio keyboards. Before long the musician and visual artist, Sigríður Níelsdóttir, became an adored cult figure in the Icelandic Music scene, represented here by her young apprentices Mugison, múm, Sin Fang, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Mr. Silla and Kría Brekkan who pay tribute to the grandma's irresistible tunes and charm.
Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm film, GRANDMA LO-FI was created over a period of 8 years by three musicians debuting as directors, capturing the most creative 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 transform a cream whisk into a helicopter, all call for animated sequence 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 her boundless creativity.