Naturally the last installment in the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment series is a big one. Directed by Floria Sigismondi (whose credentials include music videos for The White Stripes, Björk, and…Christina Aguilera), the twelve-minute short film, entitled Leaning Towards Solace, follows a solemn path in search of redemption. The main characters are played by John Hawke (Winter’s Bone, Lincoln, Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Elle Fanning (Somewhere, We Bought A Zoo, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and without ruining any of the emotional power of the film, i’ll advise sticking around for the end. Watch the video below, which uses Valtari cuts “Dauðalogn” and “Varúð.”
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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