Icelandic band Hjaltalín will perform at the world premiere of the modern silent film Days of Gray, filmed entirely in Iceland, at this year’s upcoming Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF).
The event will take place at Gamla bíó on October 4.The film shows a world without language, where people are raised to respect the rules and every possession is strictly utilitarian. The only one questioning what he has been taught is the boy (Davíð Laufdal Arnarsson). Coming-of-age he dares to befriend the girl (Diljá Valsdóttir), who leads him through a strange place of distortions and mutations. Together they experience otherworldly adventures.
The film’s director Ani Simon-Kennedy indicates, that she got inspired to write the film’s screenplay while listening to a concert of Hjaltalín in Prague. Later she showed the script to the band. “They liked it so much that they got inspired to compose the score,” Simon-Kennedy remembers. “The idea of this musical film was to bring back the community experience. It’s all about the audience enjoying the film and the music together.”