Sigur Rós' Heima
It was impressed on me from the get-go, "Heima" is the Icelandic term for "at home" or "homeland". In Sigur Rós' first film ever, due out November 20th, "Lilo & Stitch" co-director Dean Deblois takes a quirky approach to documenting their 2006 return to Iceland. After touring the world in support of their 2005 release Takk, Sigur Rós planned a series of free, largely unannounced concerts as a means to give back to their homeland. The premise of the act is simple: paying it forward to the unspoiled land that shaped the band's ethereal music. In keeping with that notion, Deblois captures Sigur Rós in their natural habitat, free from the pressures of touring the world. At times, the sweeping hi-def photography verges a Planet Earth-style "Visit Iceland" campaign. Scenic panoramas are spliced with intimate live performances and revealing interviews, which are seamlessly linked by unconventional segues. The most immoderate of which is extremely loud, long feedback used to represent the stress incurred by touring the world. What an unfortunate inclusion. Nevertheless, Deblois' candid interviews prove to be the most successful attempts at uncloaking the band to date.