valtari was sigur rós's last album as a four-piece. an elegaic work; they didn't feel much like talking about it, and so, instead, asked a bunch talented directors to make whatever they felt like making to go with music. these 16 films are the result. sad, funny, beautiful and, occasionally, plain bewildering, they represent just some of the available emotional responses to this most contemplative sigur rós album. the film's credits include thank-you's to all 800-plus entrants to the mystery film experiment competition.buy from us: stream
sigur rós gave fourteen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band's album valtari. the idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom.
"we never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. we don’t want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. with the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. none of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it will be interesting." - sigur rós, may 2012
feat. dauðalogn & varúð
premiered december 6. film by floria sigismondi.
feat. ekki múkk, valtari, rembihnútur & varúð
premiered november 13. film by christian larson.
fan competition: overall winner
premiered october 15. film by anafelle liu, dio lau and ken ngan.
fan competition: people's choice winner
premiered october 8. film by ruslan fedotow.
feat. rembihnútur and ekki múkk
premiered september 12.
film by dash shaw & john cameron mitchell.
premiered august 28. film by henry jun wah lee.
on the weekend of december 7-9, more than a hundred screenings of the valtari film experiment took place worldwide in all seven continents. the valtari film experiment program collects 16 commissioned "official" and fan-created short films created to coincide with the album valtari. read more.
in september we invited fans, film makers and video directors to create a video for one of the songs from valtari. the two winning videos have been given an official place in the film series below. thank you to everyone who submitted a film - we are in awe of your amazing efforts!