Fantômas with Live Score by Amiina (2018)

Dir: Louis Feuillade. France 1913. 65 mins. French with English subtitles.

In a UK premiere in partnership with Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, amiina present their live score to Juve Contre Fantômas, one of the classic 1913 silent thriller series directed by Louis Feuillade.

Originally a string quartet formed at the Reykjavík College of Music in the late 1990s, Icelandic amiina went on to cut their teeth as Sigur Rós’ string section for the next decade.

Melancholic and ethereal, yet full of suspense and pounding rhythms, their score enhances the eerie darkness in the film. Violin, cello, drums, percussion, metallophone, table harp, ukulele and electronics are the source material for the sound world of amiina here, with intelligent and imaginative use made of the different instruments and their varied and endless textures.