You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Pop in Reykjavik

Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN.

Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: Bang Gang, Bellatrix, Botnleoja, Curver, DJ Addi, Ensimi, Gus Gus, Hringir, Magga Stirina, Maus, Moa, Pall Oskar & Casino, Quarashi, Sigurros, Slowblow, Spitsign, Stjornukisi, Stolia, Subbterranian, Surefni, Svanur, Vector, Vinill.

A slick look at Iceland’s diverse underground music scene, “Pop in Reykjavik” is a performance-heavy docu that could attract curious new-sound seekers in offshore specialty-theatrical or tube play.

Though hardly a sizable burg by most standards, Reykjavik has become a hub of youthful musical activity since the Sugarcubes and breakaway soloist Bjork made a late-’80s splash. Neither is seen here, though current highest-profile act Gus Gus displays its disturbing, trancey sounds at pic’s close. Lesser-knowns run a stylistic gamut from grunge (Maus) to riot grrl (Bellatrix), jungle (DJ Addi), rap (Subbterranian), punk (Botnleoja), hard-core (Spitsign), slow-core (Svanur), wacky New Wave (Hringir) and experimental noise (Curver). Most promising at first listen is Sigurros, whose spectral psychedelia recalls Radiohead. There’s little startling originality here, and some outright imitation (of the Beastie Boys and Bjork), but sheer variety ensures few dull spots. MTV-ish band interview segments and flippant commentary from local personality Pall Oskar, aka Paul Oscar (whose tour of “the world’s most desperate night life” includes a strip club) punctuate performance segs, which were mostly shot at titular grand-scale 1999 concert. Lensing, editing, sound recording and other tech aspects are first-rate.

Pop in Reykjavik

(ICELAND -- DOCU)

Production: A 101 Ltd. production. Produced by Ingvar H. Poroarson, Baltasar Kormakur. Directed, edited by Agust Jakobsson.

Crew: Camera (color), Jakobsson, Arni Pall Hansson; sound designer (Dolby Surround), Hljoosetning.

More Film

  • Mother

    Razzies: Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Emma Watson Among 2018 Nominees

    Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN. With: Bang Gang, Bellatrix, Botnleoja, Curver, DJ Addi, Ensimi, Gus Gus, Hringir, Magga Stirina, Maus, Moa, Pall Oskar & Casino, Quarashi, Sigurros, Slowblow, Spitsign, Stjornukisi, Stolia, Subbterranian, Surefni, Svanur, Vector, Vinill. A […]

  • Search

    Sundance: John Cho's 'Search' Sells to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

    Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN. With: Bang Gang, Bellatrix, Botnleoja, Curver, DJ Addi, Ensimi, Gus Gus, Hringir, Magga Stirina, Maus, Moa, Pall Oskar & Casino, Quarashi, Sigurros, Slowblow, Spitsign, Stjornukisi, Stolia, Subbterranian, Surefni, Svanur, Vector, Vinill. A […]

  • 'Norm of the North': Sequel Unites

    Lionsgate's 'Norm of the North' Headed for Sequel With India's Assemblage Entertainment

    Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN. With: Bang Gang, Bellatrix, Botnleoja, Curver, DJ Addi, Ensimi, Gus Gus, Hringir, Magga Stirina, Maus, Moa, Pall Oskar & Casino, Quarashi, Sigurros, Slowblow, Spitsign, Stjornukisi, Stolia, Subbterranian, Surefni, Svanur, Vector, Vinill. A […]

  • International Documentary Association IDA logo

    International Documentary Association Gives Grants to 13 Films

    Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN. With: Bang Gang, Bellatrix, Botnleoja, Curver, DJ Addi, Ensimi, Gus Gus, Hringir, Magga Stirina, Maus, Moa, Pall Oskar & Casino, Quarashi, Sigurros, Slowblow, Spitsign, Stjornukisi, Stolia, Subbterranian, Surefni, Svanur, Vector, Vinill. A […]

  • ‘Eva,’ ‘La Ch’tite Famille,’ ‘Non-Fiction’ 2018

    ‘Eva,’ ‘La Ch’tite Famille,’ ‘Non-Fiction’ Standouts at the 2018 UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris

    Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN. With: Bang Gang, Bellatrix, Botnleoja, Curver, DJ Addi, Ensimi, Gus Gus, Hringir, Magga Stirina, Maus, Moa, Pall Oskar & Casino, Quarashi, Sigurros, Slowblow, Spitsign, Stjornukisi, Stolia, Subbterranian, Surefni, Svanur, Vector, Vinill. A […]

  • Robin Sykes's 'In The Game' Wins

    Robin Sykes' 'In the Game' Wins Prizes at Alpe d'Huez Comedy Film Festival

    Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN. With: Bang Gang, Bellatrix, Botnleoja, Curver, DJ Addi, Ensimi, Gus Gus, Hringir, Magga Stirina, Maus, Moa, Pall Oskar & Casino, Quarashi, Sigurros, Slowblow, Spitsign, Stjornukisi, Stolia, Subbterranian, Surefni, Svanur, Vector, Vinill. A […]

  • Steven Soderbergh Panama Papers

    Steven Soderbergh's 'Unsane,' Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

    Reviewed on videocassette, San Francisco, March 1, 2000. (In Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.) Original title: Popp i Reykjavik. Running time: 103 MIN. With: Bang Gang, Bellatrix, Botnleoja, Curver, DJ Addi, Ensimi, Gus Gus, Hringir, Magga Stirina, Maus, Moa, Pall Oskar & Casino, Quarashi, Sigurros, Slowblow, Spitsign, Stjornukisi, Stolia, Subbterranian, Surefni, Svanur, Vector, Vinill. A […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content