Sigur Rós: Heima

Synopsis: In the summer of 2006, Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland. This film documents their already legendary tour with intimate reflections from the band and a handful of new acoustic performances.
Director(s): Dean DeBlois
Production: EMI Records
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Heima means "at home".

It's a bit like being on trial,

playing in Iceland.

It's like, you know,

"What do they think?"

Kind of nervous, because it's friends

and family, you know, in the audience,

I think it's harder to play

for people you know.

I found it quite interesting

playing for the Iceland people,

because they're so judgmental.

We had been travelling

so much around the world

and wanted to come back

to Iceland

and make the last concerts

here in Iceland.

There used to be pop bands

who toured Iceland

and had some... you know...

people came together

and danced to the music,

but that's getting less and less.

It seemed like something

that we had to do

was to go around

and play the shows

in small towns

for just the people there.

These people are also the people

who back us up as well,

so it was really nice.

I guess that's sort of our idea,

to give back, in a way.

Space is what we have here,

in our personal life

and in the land as well.

Because it's a small community,

I think people are unconsciously

kind of aware

of giving you space.

So I think we kind of have to do that,

and I think it's a bit in our souls.

Next up is a band from Iceland

that has fans and critics

gushing about its elegant,

enigmatic sound.

Here to perform "Njsnavlin",

featured in "Vanilla Sky",

please welcome Sigur Rs!

I was very young. Yeah, I was 21.

And then all of a sudden, you had

record companies and publishers

and money and...

You know, all that stuff.

It was kind of...

It was a bit scary

and freaked me a bit out.

You're in a band,

but you're just doing business.

You're having meetings with lawyers

and things like that.

In a way, it's quite, like I say, exciting.

You think about the future,

all kinds of stuff.

At the same time, it's almost like

a desk job instead of making music.

The music business is left

overseas in a way.

We were really sceptical

about all this,

like doing a lot of interviews,

a lot of photo sessions

where you're posed,

all this stuff, all these typical things.

And if you deny that,

don't want to be part of it,

then people are,

"Oh! Why are you doing that?"

It's confusing.

Then they start to build up

some image that you're weird.

I'm just a normal person.

I like to be silly.

But we take our music seriously.

We work a lot on the music.

Maybe we work sometimes too much.

It takes a lot to make us happy,

you know,

with what we do.

When we meet, the four of us,

in some space,

with some instruments

and play together four as one,

we don't talk much, we just play

until something feels right,

some atmosphere comes to us,

and we just mould it and form it

until it feels like some whole,

like things just come to you.

When you travel, you play

in these crowded, big cities,

so it's really nice to come back here

to all the space in Iceland

and just to relax a little bit.

At first, we didn't have an idea

if people would come to the concerts,

so we imagined some places

being totally empty.

I was talking to local people

in these places,

and they were really happy to get

something going on in their village.

I think we got a lot of attention,

actually. I was kind of surprised.

But then it should get

a lot of attention, I think.

I mean, not a lot of people

have done that,

making concerts so easy

for people to be able to attend.

Halfway through, we saw

in the paper this long article

about how the band was giving back

and also it was really noble

because it's all free,

and all this effort

of giving these concerts

was joining the soul

of the Icelandic public,

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