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Icelandic Film Winner at Copenhagen Dox

The Icelandic documentary Grandma Lo-Fi, by Orri Jónsson, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir and Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, was named best film in the category of music documentary at the recent Copenhagen Dox festival, November 3-13.


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The film topped Martin Scorsese’s documentary about George Harrison and Cameron Crowe’s documentary on Pearl Jam, and also the film Inni about the Icelandic band Sigur Rós; coincidentally, Ingibjörg is the sister of Sigur Rós frontman Jón Þór Birgisson, aka Jónsi, Fréttablaðið reports.

Grandma Lo-Fi features Sigríður Níelsdóttir who in her 70s decided to pursue a career in the arts. She wrote songs, published music and made collages and her work received considerable attention, not least her experimental popular music.

Orri first heard Sigríður’s music through the label 12 tónar. “I immediately felt this was something that had to be documented,” he said. “We just worked on it little by little, whenever we had time and the opportunity.”

“Her daughters have seen the film and her relatives in Denmark attended the screening in Copenhagen which was a pleasant surprise,” Orri said. However, Sigríður herself never got to watch the documentary; she passed away last spring.

In other film news, Icelandic actress Kristbjörg Kjeld was named Best Actress at the film fest Funchal IFF at Madeira last weekend for her part in director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson’s Mamma Gógó, reports.

The jury concluded in their unanimous view that they had rarely experienced such strong acting with such subtle variations. The film also received the Silver Funchal City Award.

Click here to read about other award-winning Icelandic films.


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