Bjork to Present 'Biophilia Live' Concert Film at London Film Festival
Icelandic pop sensation Bjork is set to attend this year’s BFI London Film Festival with her concert film Biophilia Live, it was announced on Wednesday. The film, recorded at London’s Alexandra Palace in Sep. 2013, will screen at the festival’s Sonic Gala on Oct. 9.
Directed by Peter Strickland and edited by Nick Fenton, Biophilia Live features Bjork and her band performing every song from her eighth studio album, Biophilia, along with several reworked songs from her extensive 20-year back catalogue. It has received rave reviews so far, being described by The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton as being "visually rich" and capturing the "inventive spirit of Bjork's spectacular sci-fi live show."
"Bjork is a true innovator, collaborating with exceptional filmmakers and artists to produce intoxicating work at the intersection of music and film," said festival director Clare Stewart in a statement.
"We are delighted to be welcoming her, along with Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, to the BFI London Film Festival’s U.K. premiere."
Biophilia Live is set to receive a series of screenings at festivals, museums, galleries and cinemas in the U.K. and worldwide throughout autumn. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and made its European debut at the Karlovy Vary festival in the Czech Republic last month.
"Let’s not get too excited as it is only a concert film with some volcanoes and a few viruses; thunder and lightning; plankton and planets. Not forgetting Bjork, the jellyfish, David Attenborough and the beautiful sounds of the choir Nobili,” added Fenton. "So just another Sonic Gala at the BFI London Film Festival."
Last week is was revealed that the Brad Pitt-starring WWII tank drama Fury would close the festival, which will kick off on Oct. 8 with The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. All are expected to attend.