Rock in Reykjavik | Rokk í Reykjavík – dir. Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1982 – PREMIERE

date: 30/07/2012 time: 21.00 place: PGE Cinema film program: retrospective of Fridrik Thor Fridriksson film program: music my love artistic program: films

IS | 1982 | 83 min

reż|dir Fridrik Thor Fridriksson pro|pro Þorgeir Gunnarsson scen|wr Fridrik Thor Fridriksson zdj|ph Ari Kristinsson muz|mus różne piosenki|various songs mon|ed Peter Auspin, Richard Crowe, Sigurður Grímsson, Steinunn Harðardóttir, Ari Kristinsson, Kristín Pálsdóttir, Sigurður Snæberg, Sigurður Jón Ólafsson ob|cast Björk, Hilmar Örn Agnarsson, Júlíus Agnarsson, Eyþór Arnaldsson, Sigtryggur Baldursson


A vigorously captured phenomenon of Icelandic rock and punk. The country has experienced an explosion of this music at the beginning of the ’80s, and Reykjavik became regarded as a “town with the biggest number of bands per inhabitant.” The film documents 19 bands through scenes showing their concerts in clubs and conversations with the performers talking about the good old “sex, drugs & rock’n’roll” and their political views. We are witnessing a phenomenon that grows in power, one that will soon be acknowledged worldwide. The film even features a small part of a 14-year-old Björk with the band “Tappi Tikarrass.” The musicians play mainly on small stages for small groups of fans, and the success of this film will contribute to their chance to perform on a big stage. For some it was the most intriguing period of Icelandic music (Fridriksson perfectly captures the spirit of those times), for others a reason for an outrage caused by the depraved behaviour of the rockers.