Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir

Amma Lo-fi
Director: Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

Islandija, Denmark, Documentary, 2011, 62 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, V

At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs – a myriad of catchy, yet eccentric compositions mixing in her pets, found toys, kitchen percussions and Casio keyboards. Sigrídur Níelsdóttir is her name, and before long the Icelandic / Danish musician became an adored cult figure in the Icelandic music scene. “Grandma Lo-fi” is a cinematic tribute to an amazing musician and her boundless creativity. The film was created over a period of seven years by three musicians and debuting directors whom she inspired. This music documentary combines filmed material and animation and captures the most productive period in the life of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir.


2011 – “Sound & Vision” Award for the best music documentary film at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival CPH:DOX (Denmark).

About the directors:

Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir (born 1977) is a musician and visual artist, who has had a crucial impact on the Icelandic art scene in the past 10 years. She co-founded the art collective, think tank, and record label “Kitchen Motors” and records and performs music under the name Kira Kira, with two albums released. Kristín is debuting as a feature filmmaker with “Grandma Lo-fi”.
Orri Jónsson (born 1970) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York (USA) in 1996. Orri is a musician in the band “Slowblow”, which has scored feature films and released albums. He is also a photographer and in 2011 he released his photobook “Interiors”. “Grandma Lo-fi” is his first feature film.
Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (born 1981) is a visual artist living in Reykjavík (Iceland). She has done album covers and music videos for Icelandic musicians and bands. Ingibjörg has made all animations in “Grandma Lo-fi”, which is her first feature film.

Section: Music Moves The World

Screenplay: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir

Dir. of Photography: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Magnús Helgason

Music: Sigrídur Níelsdóttir