Following its celebrated premiere at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival, the Gallery's Australian Cinémathèque presents Inni — French Canadian director Vincent Morisset's new concert film for Icelandic band Sigur Rós. Recorded at London's Alexandra Palace on November 20 and 21 2008, Inni sees Sigur Rós joined onstage with a live string section for some of their final shows before going on indefinite hiatus.
"Inni is the intimate in the middle of a big stage. It's the abstraction of the gestures and the magnification of delightful details. It's a tribute to the unique energy of Sigur Rós. Inni leaves room to all the beautiful images that come to our minds when we listen to their music." —Vincent Morrisset
'Inni is Sigur Rós' second live film following the tour documentary Heima 2007. Whereas that film positioned the group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their music, Inni focuses purely on the band's performance, and stands as a stark counterpoint to Heima's kaleidoscopic richness. Where Heima was lush and colourfully expansive, Inni is spare and near-monochromatic in its tunnel vision. Filmed in a manner that invites both intimacy and claustrophobia, Inni cocoons the viewer in a one-on-one relationship with the band, eschewing the audience for closeness, depicting how it feels for both band and fan to experience Sigur Rós live. The film's atmosphere is enhanced by Vincent Morisset's re-filming of the original digital footage on 16mm, which was then re-filmed again, sometimes through prisms and other found objects, allowing Inni to look and feel like something recovered from the past. Interspersed with this is archival footage drawn from the band's previous decade, dating back as far as 1998. This juxtaposition gives viewers the full scope of Sigur Rós' origins, evolution, originality and influence.' www.sigur-ros.co.uk