the valtari mystery film experiment

sigur rós have given a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create videos for their new album valtari. the filmmakers have complete creative freedom, the band completely unaware of what to expect. read more


film #14: valtari by christian larson



written & directed by christian larson. choreography by sidi larbi cherkaoui
cinematography by mattias montero, costume designer lydia kovacs, produced by noreen khan.

director's comments

i've always been inspired by dance, so i wanted to tell a short story with dialogue through movement, without anyone saying anything. sidi larbi cherkaoui's extraordinary choreography created this unique communication between the dancers james o'hara & nicola leahey. larbi's way of working with flexibility played as an interesting contrast to the harsh environment in which matthias montero's pure and ethereal style of cinematography allowed an intimate portrait of the couple.

christian larson

christian larson grew up drumming, dancing & filming skateboarding in sweden and it was this background that helped carve his reputation of a rhythmic visual style. starting out making music promos, he went on to be an editor for the renowned swedish director jonas åkerlund before focusing fully on directing. his work includes promos for kylie minogue, tinie tempah, nero as well as commercials and editorials for wallpaper magazine, absolut vodka and roche bobois.

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