Screaming Masterpiece

Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon

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Original title Gargandi snilld
DIRECTOR Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon
PRODUCER Sigurjón Sighvatsson, Eva Maria Funch
DOP Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
SCRIPT Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon
EDITOR Jón Yngvi Gylfason, Örvar Halldórsson, Sigurður Kristinn Ómarsson
CO-PRODUCER Jóhanna Guðrún Gunnarsdóttir, Ármann Guðmundsson, Mogens Glad, Poul Erik Lindeborg, San Fu Maltha
RELEASE 2005
LENGTH 87
CAST Bang Gang, Amína, Björk, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Mugison, Mínus, Múm, Quarashi, Sigur Rós, Steindór Andersen, The Sugarcubes.

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Icelandic music hit the international scene with The Sugarcubes in the eighties, followed by Björk's solo takeover in the nineties, and in the last decade, several bands and solo acts have followed suit. Sigur Rós, Múm, Bang Gang, Mugison, Mínus and Amina. Screaming Masterpiece is a captivating documentary about the contemporary music scene in this unique island culture. What ever the explanation, the Icelanders have fostered a music scene with sound and attitude that is all their own, mixing ancient dirges and contemporary electronics, rock, pop and classic influences, to produce their eclectic style. This film delivers the full force of explosive Icelandic music scene with a fast-paced visual extravaganza that will leave you breathless. We follow the acts from their home in Iceland as they tour the world, from New York to Tokyo and beyond. The film was two years in the making and takes the audience behind the scenes of Reykjavik's irrepressible musical underground. The creeping glaciers, barren highlands sand's and dark raging seas full of ghosts form a backdrop to the raw energy of the music. "So what you have is screaming patriotism with heavy doses of adolescence," says Björk. "When my generation came along we started to ask ourselves what it meant to be Icelandic and how to be proud of it instead of feeling guilty all the time."
 

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