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LITTLE TRIP TO HEAVEN, A

Iceland, 2005 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Baltasar Kormákur

“A filmmaker enters Coen brothers territory at his own risk. Baltasar Kormákur crosses that border with A Little Trip to Heaven, a film with Fargo on its mind.” - Hollywood Reporter

A finely wrought neo-noir narrative sees Icelandic wonder Baltasar Kormákur mark his English language debut as a director. Starring Forest Whitaker, Julia Stiles and Peter Coyote, this film is set at the height of the Reagan Revolution in small-town America and reads as though pulled straight from the pages of a James M. Cain novel. An insurance investigator is called to scrutinise a car accident in which a notorious scam artist has been allegedly burnt to a crisp. Kormákur's morally nuanced world avoids pitting good against evil; in fact, the insurance companies are portrayed as unethical as the con artists they're chasing - only more monolithic and powerful.

“In updating film noir, Kormákur combines its existential underpinnings with an astute historical awareness and a sense of compassion that's entirely new to the genre.” - Toronto International Film Festival

D/P/S Baltasar Kormákur P Sigurjon Sighvatsson WS Katapult Film Sales TD 35mm/2005/87mins

Baltasar Kormákur was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1966. His films include 101 Reykjavik (2000) and The Sea (2002).

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101 REYKJAVIK

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THE SEA

"The Sea, like director Baltasar Kormakur's predecessor (101 Reykjavik, MIFF 2001), tells the story of a fire-and-ice showdown by spinning what we know of the family drama into a whirl of erotic ... More »

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