'Skinned,' directed by Anafelle Liu, awarded top honor
Sigur Rós have selected a winner in their Mystery Film Experiment, and, like many things associated with the chilly post-rockers, it's beautiful and unsettling.
The clip, titled Skinned and directed by Anafelle Liu, features a figure covered in muck, clawing at itself over the instrumental "Fjögur Píanó," Valtari's contemplative closing track. "Original, disturbing, and simple, Anafelle's video has a mesmerising and visceral quality that keeps you coming back," reads a statement on the competition's website. "It was also probably pretty cheap and relatively easy to make, which is appealing since it reinforces the old notion that best ideas are often the least complicated. We think your film's great, thanks so much Anafelle and whoever else is under all that whatever-it-is."
Liu described her submission as "... a restless self sculpting of one's body. It is a glimpse of the corporeal unconscious." She was awarded $5,000 and schwag — including a blanket, t-shirt, and art print — for laying down the footage for the pop symphony.
Sigur Ros launched the Mystery Film Experiment earlier this year. Filmmakers were encouraged to create music videos for tracks from their May album, Valtari. Other entries included Belarus-based director Ruslan Fedotow's mist-covered companion to the song "Dauðalognm," which won the contest's "People's Choice" award; the New York City-centric video for "Varúð," directed by photographer Ryan McGinley; and another clip set to "Fjögur Píanó," featuring a NSFW appearance by Shia LaBeouf, directed by Israeli filmmaker Alma Mar'el.