Documentary by Vincent Moon & Efterklang
Format: Music documentary (deluxe DVD, download, stream)
Premiere: January 31, 2011
Images by: Vincent Moon
Sounds by: Efterklang ft. Niklas Antonson, Heather W. Broderick, Peter Broderick & Frederik Teige
Produced by: Rasmus Stolberg
Running Time: 50 minutes
Languages: Danish, English
Film editing: Lucas Archambault & Vincent Moon
Recordings by: Anders Boll & Nils Frahm
Audio mix: Mads Brauer & Nils Frahm
Stills: Antje Taiga Jandrig
The objective was to shoot a film. A film with the same length as an album, and a film full of performances, experiments and collaborations. Over an intense period of 4 days Efterklangcollaborated with more than 200 local musicians, kids and their own parents, creating new performances and interpretations of songs from their album Magic Chairs (4AD, Rumraket 2010).
It was all filmed by Vincent Moon who same time conducted several filmic and musical experiments with Efterklang as his dedicated playmates.
An Island is an unconventional music performance film and an abstract documentary about a band and an island. The running time is 50 minutes.
An Island premiered January 31st 2011 and in February & March followed 1178 Private-Public Screenings around the world. The Private-Public Screening idea was developed by Efterklang and Vincent Moon and the rules are very simple. Anyone can host a screening but it needs to be public, have a minimum capacity of 5 people and free entrance. Private-Public Screenings of An Island ran from February 1st to March 31st 2011.
September 2011 An Island was released as a limited deluxe DVD.
The Guardian (uk) 5 stars!: "The film An Island is a heartwarmingly soulful portrait of the band in their natural habitat on the small Baltic island of Als"
Stool Pigeon (uk) 4/5 stars!: "Efterklang's album-length film gives you more of a sense of the band than any interview could manage."
The Line of Best Fit (uk): "By turns dizzying, stirring and just plain inspirational, it’s a beautiful, soul-warming film that goes way beyond its remit"
The Star (ca): "An Island is more than just a band documentary; it’s a love letter to family, roots, small-town life and the social/communal power of music to unify people … a mesmerizing 50 minutes … it’s universal and great viewing even if you’ve never heard of Efterklang"