The Icelandic "post-rock" band Sigur Ros stars in Inni, its second live performance film, following the 2007 tour documentary Heima, which was colorfully shot at open-air concerts in the band's homeland. For Inni, director Vincent Morisset filmed two November 2008 concerts at London's Alexandra Palace — far removed from Iceland's gorgeous panoramic landscapes. Morisset filmed the performances in black-and-white digital HD, then filmed that footage on 16 mm film, then refilmed it again, sometimes through prisms and other abstractions, adding gauzy layers, dense visual static and sometimes glowing textures to the monochromatic film. Morisset alternates tight shots of the band members' faces and instruments with distorted wide shots, and blinding flashes of fuzzy white light with claustrophobic darkness. Though it focuses intimately on the stage and its players, a few brief wide shots including the audience (and its applause) make the size and scope of the performance wonderfully disorienting, and stage lights appear like stars, or the sun, and it's unclear whether the setting is still indoors or some other abstract place.
Between songs is archival footage from the band's 15-year history, briefly telling its story, including awkward spots on NPR and onstage — an early performance shot inside a small venue shows the band juggling with its soon-to-be huge sound, which fades beautifully into the concert film in near-fast-forward, then rewinds to clips of the band members riding bikes as "Sæglopur" begins to fade into "Festival."
Fans of the band get a beautiful, 70-minute concert film, but anyone unfamiliar with Sigur Ros at least will see Morisset's interesting vision of a performance. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 Zeitgeist members. — Alex Woodward