Tilda Swinton and her scruffy, sexy, hot artist boyfriend went to Iceland to do artsy things, ONTD

At the end of June, on a former NATO base located 45 minutes from Reykjavik, All Tomorrow’s Parties launched the Icelandic edition of their experimental festival. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Jim Jarmusch’s band SQÜRL, and local rock legends Botnleðja amongst others, took to stages in the town of Keflavik. German photographer Ruediger Glatz joined friends Tilda Swinton and artist Sandro Kopp, documenting the polymathic couple’s journey and festival experience.

Swinton co-curated ATP’s film screening series with Jarmusch whilst Glatz captured her guest readings of medieval Rumi poetry alongside SQÜRL’s psychedelic performance. “The first time I came to Iceland and saw the beautiful, naked landscape was the moment I fell in love,” muses Glatz on Iceland’s otherworldly environment that he first visited in 2011 and inspired his series of intimate black-and-white stills. “And I was told the Americans left this Army base about seven years ago and since many people lost their jobs, the town of Keflavík has turned into the worst neighborhood of Iceland,” he continues. “Although worst is a relative word.”

A former graffiti artist with several features to his name in now-defunct underground art tome, Graphotism, Glatz’s acclaimed reportage work portrays a similar authenticity that fuels the disparate subcultures he captures, from the porn world to the recent riots in Istanbul.

Here is the full list of films chosen by Jarmusch and Swinton for the moving image section of ATP Iceland.

Jim Jarmusch

The 10th Victim (La Decima Vittima) - 1965, Elio Petri
The Boxer’s Omen (Mo) - 1983, Chih-Hung Kuei
Diabolik - 1968, Mario Bava
Our Man Flint - 1966, Daniel Mann

Tilda Swinton

I Know Where I’m Going! - 1945, Powell & Pressburger
My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) - 1988, Hayao Miyazaki
The Night Of The Hunter - 1955, Charles Laughton
To Be Or Not To Be - 1942, Ernst Lubitsch


Bless the flawless film taste of this beautiful androgynous alien goddess kween by recommending Hayao Miyazaki. I mean, when will your basic faves ever have her brand of untouchable perfection? And to all the haters here going up on her grill because she's a Polanski supporter can STFU and GTFO of this post because news flash: she's not the only celebrity who signed that fucking petition. SO over this dead horse of an issue.

Has anybody here been to Iceland? Met Bjork and Sigur Ros in their homeland? And have you ever attended a local arts festival, ONTD?