BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigriður Nielsdóttir

Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigriður Nielsdóttir

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Amma Lo-Li
Island / Danmark / 2012 / 62 min
DIRECTOR:
Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
And the audiotape wasn't dead yet.

GRANDMA LO-FI: THE BASEMENT TAPES OF SIGRIÐUR NIELSDÓTTIR is a very sweet documentary about the elderly Icelandic musical icon Sigriður Nielsdóttir. It was not until she had passed seventy that she started recording music using a keyboard and houshold and kitchen items. In the past seven years, Nielsdóttir has recorded well over 600 songs and released 59 albums. Her unlikely cult following includes Björk and Sigur Rós and her boundless creativity provides inspiration to younger Icelandic musicians.

Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

INGIBJÖRG BIRGISDÓTTIR graduated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2006. She has taken part in several art exhibitions in Iceland, Europe, and America, and had her first solo show at the Reykjavík Art Museum last year. She has made music videos and designed album covers for bands such as MúmSeabear and Sin Fang Bousand produced video installations for their concerts. GRANDMA LO-FI is her directorial debut. She is currently living in Iceland. 

ORRI JÓNSSON was born in Reyjavík in 1970, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1996. Orri’s photographs have been published in magazines including BigMagazine, and he has exhibited at institutions including the Museum Folkwang in Essen and the Reykjavík Museum of Photography. Orri is also an accomplished musician and producer; his albums as half of the duet Slowblow include Quicksilver Tunaand Noi Albinoi. With GRANDMA LO-FI he makes his debut as a documentary-film director.