Heima is a documentary about the Icelandic band Sigur Rós and their summer tour in 2006. The documentary is made by the Canadian director Dean DeBlois, who has previously worked in the field of animation, including works such as Lilo & Stitch, and How to Train Your Dragon I & II.
Heima is the perfect conjunction between two worlds: music and cinema. The music of Sigur Rós has always been shrouded in atmosphere and infinite space depth that takes us out of our world to imaginary and natural places. These are the places that have been used as locations in the documentary. One of Heima’s great beauties is the harmony of the beautiful Icelandic landscapes that accompany the songs throughout the film. Jónsi, Georg, Orri and Kjartan decided to return to their native country – hence the name ‘heima’, which means ‘at home’ or ‘back home’. The tour went through sixteen cities and they chose to not receive payment, rather wanting to create joy by gathering an entire country around their songs. It’s a beautiful way to give back to your community for all the affection they are given.
As for the technical side, Dean DeBlois did the job of ‘taking off his hat’. The cities were specifically chosen for their location, with the concerts performed between the fields and the mountains, the concert halls or even an abandoned fishing complex. DeBlois used this in a fantastic way; adding special touches that remind the audience of the band themselves. In the same natural way is the use of interview, where all the band members share their motivations and creative process, as well as how important it is for them to return home. Sigur Rós are a good example of how bands are more than businesses; they are family.
Heima is a spiritual journey that will never be forgotten, from the first minute you feel a thrill in the body, the tears drop of emotion without apologising, every chord and every sound uttered enters through our ears in a ruptured way, leaving us mesmerised by what we see. Heima marks without a doubt that Sigur Rós represents, and at the same time shows a country devoid of any presumption and artificialism. Therefore, it is an exciting history of art and life that needs to be seen to be understood.