Archive of films Björk: Biophilia Live / Björk: Biophilia Live
United Kingdom / Iceland
2014, 97 min
Section: Special Events
In 2011, the Icelandic artist Björk released the Biophilia album, yet the Biophilia project has continued beyond an album. This concert film – directed by acclaimed author Peter Strickland and Sigur Rós collaborator Nick Fenton – is one of the extensions of this exceptional endeavor.
In 2011, Icelandic artist Björk released her eighth full-length studio album Biophilia, yet the Biophilia project has continued beyond an album into performances, interactive applications, educational programs, and now a concert film. Working with co-directors Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, Björk created this concert film for the Biophilia world tour’s final performance, at Alexandra Palace in London. In addition to the always fascinating Björk herself, the performance features an angelic Icelandic choir, Austrian percussionist Manu Delago, and numerous unusual instruments. In the film, the performance is juxtaposed with collages referencing tectonic plates, DNA, the moon, mushrooms, and many other objects of scientific interest. The resulting film stunningly illustrates songs and concepts from the Biophilia album and project, plus other classic songs from Björk’s extraordinary catalogue.
About the director
Peter Strickland (1973, Reading, Great Britain) debuted with the suggestive drama Katalin Varga, which won the Silver Bear for outstanding sound design at the 2009 Berlinale. The film was also screened at Karlovy Vary. His next film, Berberian Sound Studio (2012), was a sophisticated, magical, and playful homage to 1970s Italian horror films. He is currently finishing work on the drama The Duke of Burgundy. Nick Fenton is a film editor who has worked on a diverse range of films. Early in his career, he worked with Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, and he also frequently collaborates with outstanding British director Clio Barnard (including The Selfish Giant, which was screened in Karlovy Vary in 2013). He worked with Icelandic band Sigur Rós on their films Heima (2007) and Inni (2011), both of which were shown at Karlovy Vary as well. He is currently working on director Anton Corbijn’s film Life.
About the film
|Director:||Peter Strickland, Nick Fenton|
|Dir. of Photography:||Brett Turnbull|
|Production:||A Gloria Production in association with One Little Indian + The Welcome Trust|
|Cast:||Björk, David Attenborough|
|Contact:||Aerofilms, Cinema Purgatorio|