People, Moves, Places
(Fólk, Hreyfingar, Stadir)

Troels Primdahl
Iceland | original
Q&A with: Sami Mermer, Troels Primdahl

How do you doc­u­ment or cap­ture the par­tic­u­lar “tone” of local inhab­i­tants living in their every­day sur­round­ings? And how do you get each of them to express their own per­son­al­i­ty with such an authen­tic­i­ty that their por­traits might even reveal some­thing that they didn’t knew about them­selves? This chore­o­graph­ic doc­u­men­tary shows a series of inter­re­la­tion­al field record­ings from Siglufjörður on the north­ern coast of Ice­land. Through an art­less con­cept of rep­e­ti­tions and bodily ges­tures, an anthro­po­log­i­cal por­trait of the inhab­i­tants in this small fish­ing vil­lage grad­u­al­ly emerges. Each of them is artic­u­lat­ing their own person – not in the dimen­sion of lin­gual com­mu­ni­ca­tion, but simply through the sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences that only the viewer is able to com­pre­hend. (Troels Prim­dahl)