ICE07 – Icelandic Films at FACT. Nov-Dec 2007

Launching in Liverpool on 29th November until 2nd December, ICE 2007 promises four days when all things Icelandic will descend on the city, as part of Liverpool’s year-long 800th birthday celebrations. A gift from the people of Iceland to mark the city’s birthday, ICE07 is the UK’s first multi-disciplinary festival of Icelandic culture, promising lots of fun for everyone.

Here’s details of the Film strand showing at FACT

Sigur Ros: Heima
Fri 30.11.2007 6.30 –screen3

‘Heima’ (Icelandic for “at home” or “homeland”), truly, shows sigur rós as never before. Whereas seeing the group live is normally a large-scale and sometimes overwhelming experience, making full use of lights and mesmerise visuals, ‘heima’ was always intended to reveal more of what was actually going on on stage. It does this via long-held close-ups and a rare intimate proximity, without ever once breaking the spell

101 Reykjavik
Sat 1.12.2007, 2.30, the Box

Reykjavik is of course one of the most scenic capital cities on Earth and as such provides wonderful backdrops for the story to be played out against. This is a film about a group of people rather than a city or a culture

Screaming Masterpiece
Sun 01.12.2007, 2pm, The box

At the edge of the inhabitable world, high in the North-Atlantic, the Icelanders have whiled away the long, dark centuries patiently honing their caustic humor, their eccentric melodies and ancient poetry. The old music, handed down from medieval times, is one of the secrets to the Icelanders’ unique sound – the howl of the arctic storm and the surf breaking on the rocky coast may be another.