She’s one of the frontrunners of Iceland’s national final, with her haunting song “Oculis Videre”. Now singer Iva has released the music video of her Söngvakeppnin 2020 entry, and it appears to solve the mystery of which language she will perform the song in.
The video has a simple concept — a car drives along a long, straight road in Iceland’s bleak but breathtaking chilly landscape. But there is a lot more to it than that, as the video is infused with as much mystery and atmosphere as the song itself.
The video was directed by Richard Cameron, camera by Róbert Magnússon and stying by Sæunn Kjartansdóttir.
Iva “Oculis Videre” music video
The video begins with aerial shots of a long straight road slicing through a frosty Icelandic landscape. The video is shot in black and white, but it almost feels like it could just be the natural colour palette of the stark landscape.
A car comes driving along the road, and soon enough we get a look inside. Iva is sitting in the passenger seat, while the car is being driven by an older man wearing a cap with “DIRECTOR” on it. We’re feeling the symbolism.
But this ain’t no crazy road trip. Suddenly, Iva vanishes from the passenger seat, with the Director continuing on, seemingly unbothered by her disappearance.
As a song that contains complex lyrics in three languages, it makes sense that the video hasn’t tried to literally illustrate the song. Rather, it takes inspiration from the song and complements its message with one of its own.
Icelandic, English and Latin
The music video also appears to solve the mystery of which language Iva will sing in the Söngvakeppnin grand final this weekend.
The lyrics feature a mix of the Icelandic and English versions for the verses and keeps the iconic Latin chorus. Doing this keeps the Icelandic language and sound that many fans — even those outside Iceland — have fallen in love with.
But it also ensures that the message of the song will get across by including some lyrics in English. The song’s dramatic ending remains, with Iva asserting in English, “This is all I have to say”.
The grand final of Söngvakeppnin 2020 will take place this Saturday, 29 February. Iva will compete alongside Ísold & Helga, Daði & Gagnamagnið, Nína Dagbjört and DIMMA for the right to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2020.
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