Le Grand Cahier which heavily features Jóhann's music, won the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festivalâ's Grand Prix award recently. Le Grand Cahier in English, The Notebook, is Hungarian director János Szász's adaptation of Agota Kristofâ's French-language best-seller of the same title. The story is about two thirteen-year-old twin brothers who are forced to shack up with their evil, country-bumpkin grandmother during World War II. Click here to see all the winners of this year's Karlovy Vary IFF, and here to read a review of Le Grand Cahier from The Hollywood Reporter.
After a recent showing in select theaters across the US and Europe, Free the Mind> - a feature documentary about the scientific applications of meditation, with music by Jóhann Jóhannsson - is now being prepared for a DVD release in the coming months.
Jóhann's new piece Hz was premiered by the Bang on a Can All Stars at Merkin Hall in New York City on March 14th. The piece was commissioned as a part of Bang on a Can's Field Recordings series. The piece features super 8mm film by Magnus Helgason and sound recordings from an old abandoned hydro-electric power plant in a valley outside Reykjavik. Here is a review in The New York Times.