David Knight - 19th June 2012

Sigur Rós gave twelve of their favourite filmmakers $10,000 and an open brief to make a video for one of the songs from their new album. Its the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, and Alma Har'el's contribution to the project - the third film to be released - is the mesmeric, emotional and erotic dance piece for the instrumental Fjögur Píanó. And the guy cavorting, in various states of nakedness with the blonde lady, really is Shia LeBeouf.

For fans of Alma Har'el's work, including her videos for Beirut and her award-winning documentary Bombay Beach, the style and sensuality of this wonderful piece will not come as a surprise. She was working once again with Ryan Heffington - who features in the video as one of the 'forces' who interact with the couple - LeBeouf and actress Denna Thomsen. Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Alma reveals that the Hollywood actor contacted her after watching Bombay Beach. When she mentioned the Sigur Rós project he volunteered.

Its a far cry from Transformers and Indiana Jones, but Shia LeBeouf unquestionably gets back in touch with his art in this raw (in every sense), thought-provoking, and beautifully directed piece - photographed by Shawn Kim.

http://www.youtube.com/watchv=scctp8-xYX4

Credits

DirectorAlma Har'el
ProducerChristopher Leggett
Director of PhotographyShawn Kim
ChoreographerRyan Heffington
Production designerJoshua Stricklin
StylistPaula Tabalipa, Ryan Heffington
EditorJoe Lindquist and Alma Har'el
Production ManagerJesse Schiller
Art DirectorGrace Alie
Make-upDina Gregg
HairNicole Pascual
PostThe Mill
VFX SupervisorArielle Davis
ColouristBeau Lyon
Production CompanyTool

David Knight - 19th June 2012

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