Hot Docs 2022: Qs à la mode with… Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir (Band)

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In Band, director Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir trains her lens on herself, and her fellow Post Performance Blues Band members, as they make a last-ditch effort to hit it big. We posed our Qs à la mode to Álfrún, and here’s what she shared!

If I had to describe my film using only five adjectives, they would be: “Powerful, humorous, playful, warm and hopeful.”

The thing that surprised me most about my film’s subject(s) was: “The possibilities and power in failure and rejection.”

My favorite moment/scene/sequence in my film is: “I always get goosebumps, even after seeing it 50 times, when the three mothers walk out of their homes and turn into rockstars. The transition from the humdrum of everyday life into the realm of fantasy where their alter-egos take over. It is a slow-mo shot of them walking in the middle of the street looking so excited and full of life.”

The toughest part of the whole shoot was: “Not turning the camera off during vulnerable moments.”

My most invaluable piece of doc-making gear was/is: “Finding a great team is the most important thing for me. I could not operate any technical equipment to save my life. But I love having a dialogue about what I am trying to achieve with creative people, who can bring their expertise to add on to my ideas and make them happen.”

My go-to, get-me-through snack of choice for long shoots or epic editing sessions is: “A Coke and a banana — basic!”

A Hot Docs film I’m excited to see is:Fire of love, 5 Dreamers and a Horse, Navalny and many more.”

Want to check out Álfrún’s film or just learn more about it?
Get the scoop, and your tickets, here!


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