Composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds has shared his brand new short film ‘When We Are Born’, directed by independent French filmmaker Vincent Moon. The film is available now on demand (Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes/Apple TV). ‘When We Are Born’ is a unique live performance film telling a thoroughly human story (based in part on Ólafur’s life). Filmed on location in Iceland in summer 2020, it features the contributions of an unparalleled creative collective. The piece was directed by Vincent Moon, an independent French filmmaker known for his unique style of capturing live performance – Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, R.E.M and The National – and his intimate documentaries. It also features work from the innovative choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir, the Iceland Dance Company, and cinematographer Thor Eliasson. ‘When We Are Born’ explores the themes of rituals, relationships and our inner landscape through music from Ólafur’s recent album, ‘some kind of peace’ (performed and recorded live on set). Watch it here.
Alongside new single ‘Saudade’, the journey through the surreal world of ‘When We Are Born’ is ultimately focused on how we all move forward — a theme made especially potent in the times of disconnect and isolation it emerged from.
Ólafur Arnalds has established himself as one of the most influential musicians of modern times. He has made his mark on both electronic and classical scene’s, winning a BAFTA and earning an Emmy nomination for his main title theme for Apple TV+ series, ‘Defending Jacob’.
As well as his new film, Arnalds has added dates to his ‘some kind of peace’ headline tour, which kicks off its first leg later in 2021. Check out the full list of dates below:
15.07.21 || Athens || Odeon of Herodes Atticus
24.09.21 || London || Eventim Apollo
28.09.21 || Utrecht || TivoliVredenburg
29.09.21 || Utrecht || TivoliVredenburg
03.10.21 || Paris || L’Olympia
04.10.21 || Luzern || KKL