the valtari mystery film experiment


now available on dvd, blu-ray and download. includes 3 behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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.

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the films

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

click to watch leaning towards solace

film #16: leaning towards solace

feat. dauðalogn & varúð
premiered december 6. film by floria sigismondi.

click to watch varúð

film #15: varúð

premiered november 20. film by björn flóki.

click to watch valtari

film #14: valtari

feat. ekki múkk, valtari, rembihnútur & varúð
premiered november 13. film by christian larson.

click to watch varðeldur

film #13: varðeldur

premiered october 22. film by clare langan.

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film #12: fjögur píanó

fan competition: overall winner
premiered october 15. film by anafelle liu, dio lau and ken ngan.

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film #11: dauðalogn

fan competition: people's choice winner
premiered october 8. film by ruslan fedotow.

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film #10: ekki múkk

premiered september 24. film by nick abrahams.

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film #9: seraph

feat. rembihnútur and ekki múkk
premiered september 12.
film by dash shaw & john cameron mitchell.

click to watch dauðalogn

film #8: dauðalogn

premiered august 28. film by henry jun wah lee.

click to watch varðeldur

film #7: varðeldur

premiered august 13. film by melika bass.

click to watch varúð

film #6: varúð

premiered july 31. film by ryan mcginley.

click to watch rembihnútur

film #5: ég anda

premiered july 16. film by ramin bahrani.

click to watch rembihnútur

film #4: rembihnútur

premiered july 2. film by arni & kinski.

click to watch fjögur píanó

film #3: fjögur píanó

premiered june 18. film by alma har'el.

click to watch varúð

film #2: varúð

premiered june 6. film by inga birgisdóttir.

click to watch ég anda

film #1: ég anda

premiered may 25. film by ragnar kjartansson.

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ekki múkk

moving artwork. video by inga birgisdóttir.

the screenings

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.

the competition

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!
read more.