POP ON THE ROCKS

Discover the pop-cultural evolution and emancipation of a country, which is a cultural breaking point between Europe and America.

Where education, life expectancy and sustainable production of energy are concerned, Iceland is a leading force to be reckoned with. Where music is concerned, the Nordic mini-country is a study in greatness. Iceland – most of all its capital Reykjavík – is a microcosm and a laboratory for creative individuals and adventurous musicians. Reykjavík is the home of about 400 bands – quite an accomplishment for a city that has 120.000 inhabitants and a downtown area, which can be explored in all of ten minutes. It seems as if this little island is simply saturated by a creative energy. Take a journey into this microcosm, a trip through the clubs of Reykjavík, the record shops and coffee houses, where many bands was spontaneously founded.

Genre Art / Entertainment / Music
Length 52‘ HD
Film by Jonas Niewianda and André Schäfer
Production Florianfilm for RBB/ARTE
Original Title Polarkreis Rock – Islands pulsierende Musikszene / Le rock venue du froid – La folle scène musicale islandaise
Year 2011

Discover the pop-cultural evolution and emancipation of a country, which is a cultural breaking point between Europe and America.

Where education, life expectancy and sustainable production of energy are concerned, Iceland is a leading force to be reckoned with. Where music is concerned, the Nordic mini-country is a study in greatness. Iceland – most of all its capital Reykjavík – is a microcosm and a laboratory for creative individuals and adventurous musicians. Reykjavík is the home of about 400 bands – quite an accomplishment for a city that has 120.000 inhabitants and a downtown area, which can be explored in all of ten minutes. It seems as if this little island is simply saturated by a creative energy. Take a journey into this microcosm, a trip through the clubs of Reykjavík, the record shops and coffee houses, where many bands was spontaneously founded.

Art / Entertainment / Music
Length: 52‘ HD
Film by Jonas Niewianda and André Schäfer
Production: Florianfilm for RBB/ARTE, 2011
Original title: Polarkreis Rock – Islands pulsierende Musikszene / Le rock venue du froid – La folle scène musicale islandaise