Grandma Lo-Fi. The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nilsdottir

Documentary | ISL, DK 2011 | 63' | OV

For her 70th birthday Icelandic retiree Sigríđur Níelsdóttir gets an old stereo – and starts to mix sounds and notes into music in her basement apartment in Reykjavík. She can’t read music, but just jingles on the synthesizer, records pets and household items, mixing it all together via a double tape deck, adding layer after layer. That way she has recorded almost 700 songs on 60 cassettes within the last seven years – and has become an inspiration for a whole generation of Icelandic lo-fi musicians. The »lo-fi« concept also permeates every aspect of this lovingly constructed 60 minutes documentary debut by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson und Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir: Blurry Super8 footage, partly black and white, alternates with childlike collages and stop motion animation. GRANDMA LO-FI’s original music bleeps and cheeps in the background, while other musicians sing their praise for this pioneer in truly lo-fi fashion. A dreamy portrait of an extraordinary life story.

Producers
Sæmundur Nordfjörd, Louise H. Johansen
Directors
Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Script
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
Photography
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Magnús Helgason
Editors
Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson
Sound
Kjartan Kjartansson
Music
Sigrídur Níelsdóttir
Principal Cast
Sigrídur Níelsdóttir, Gunnar Örn Tynes, Hildur I. Gudnadóttir, Kría Brekkan, Mr. Silla, Mugison, Örvar Smárason, Sin Fang
Animation
Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
Production
Republik Productions/Sunn Productions

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