olarfur arnalds — music video

music film for Olafur Arnalds

‘When I heard Ólafur’s and Bonobo’s song for the first time I envisioned a hypnotising musical film. When walking or swimming out in nature I like to get lost in my mind. The silence and the wilderness that surrounds me allows me to think so deeply that I can completely forget where I am. In this music video, the protagonist is in this state of daydreaming. She lets her surroundings inspire her thoughts and feelings. The emotions she has buried come out in the form of other women. They use dance as a non-verbal language allowing their emotions to run free. The water reinforces the feeling of dreaming that I wanted to capture, since the characters can float, drift, disappear. We filmed the piece in a mountain lake at 2000 meters, isolated from everyday life, and lost ourselves for four days in this quiet, surreal place. The water was very cold and the weather was changing every hour. It was an intense experience for the dancers and the crew — and I think you can feel it in every shot of this unique little art film.’

directed by Neels Castillon
choreographer — Fanny Sage
production — Motion Palace
post-production — Motion Palace