HD - 2011 - Icelandic - 62 Min - Color / Black & White

Grandma Lo-Fi

Amma Lo-fi (original title)

A film by Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

At the tender age of 70, Grandma Lo-Fi, 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 – an eccentric myriad of catchy 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. Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm ‘Grandma Lo-fi’ is a cinematic tribute to her boundless creativity, created by three musicians and artists whom she inspired. 

Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir


Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir (b. 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 (b. 1970) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1996. Orri is a musician in the band Slowblow, which has scored feature films and released albums. He is also a photographer and has exhibited at institutions including the Museum Folkwang in Essen and Reykjavík Museum of Photography, just as he in 2011 released his photobook ‘Interiors’ with Steidl. Grandma Lo-fi is his first feature film.

Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (b. 1981) is a visual artist living in Reykjavík. She has done album covers and music videos for artists such as Jónsi, Múm, Seabear, Sin Fang and more. Ingibjörg has made all animations in Grandma Lo-fi, which is her first feature film. 

Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

Original language: Icelandic
Produced by: Republic Productions
In coproduction with: Louise Højgaard Johansen
With the participation of: RUV (Icelandic National TV)


RUV (Icelandic National TV) 


CANADA: Films We Like

BENELUX: IFFR Tiger Label – DVD  / VOD


CPH:DOX 2011 – Sound & Vision Award

Darklight 2012 – Best Documentary


Glasgow Music & Film Festival 2013