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When We Are Born

Vincent Moon & Ólafur Arnalds | 25 min


WHEN WE ARE BORN was filmed on location in Iceland in summer 2020 and features the contributions of an unparalleled creative collective including ground-breaking choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir, the Icelandic Dance Company and cinematographer Þór Elíasson. 

The music builds upon Ólafur's critically praised new album 'some kind of peace' and was performed and recorded live on set, with the location of performers in a scene impacting their sound in realistic ways; representing a constant cinematic conversation between picture and music. Vincent Moon's intimate cinematic vision brings this layered metaphorical world alive as we see Ólafur's emotions manifested and symbolised all around him through set design, lighting and dance. 

Through themes of rituals, relationships and exploration of our inner landscapes, this is a film focused on how we all move forward — and made especially potent in the times of disconnect and isolation we now live in.



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