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Films From Iceland

Hlynur considers waking up in time to masturbate to aerobic workouts on early morning TV a major achievement. A 20-something slacker with zero ambition, he has moved from child support to the dole and hopes to nap his way to an old age pension. 101 Reykjavik is a bizarre but charming and ... Read more
A transsexual Cinderella story. ... Raquela Rios has a dream: to make it all the way to Paris, to meet her Prince Charming and to settle down into a life of luxury. But Paris is a long way from the streets of Cebu City in the Philippines and Raquela is a transsexual prostitute - the odds, it seems ... Read more
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson blurs the line between sanity and madness, casting doubt on how we come to decide which is which. Paul is living a well-adjusted life with his parents in Reykjavik. He is interested in art and music and is dating the girl ... Read more
This sharply told Icelandic film is beautifully acted and directed, with a tone to unsettle the most seasoned short film viewer.--- ... D/S/P Saevar Sigurdsson WS L Icelandic w/English subtitles TD video/col/2006/3mins ... Read more
“Reykjavik has never been shown like this before.” - Variety Shot in stylish black and white, Children is a compelling and, at times, darkly humorous look at four intertwined lives in the suburbs of Reykjavik - a single mother and her lonely son; the son's only friend, a 40 year-old ... Read more
Cold Light (Kaldaljós)IcelandMagic, catastrophe and loss haunt Grimur's past and they look like intruding on his present. A loner in his 40s, Grimur is gruff and introverted, having no real contact with others in his small, snow-bound Icelandic town. He begins to come out of his shell when he ... Read more
Daniel (Jakob Cedergren) is a charming slacker, trying to make ends meet through graffiti. When he's not scrawling the names of young women on blank walls for their erstwhile lovers, or tagging for his own pleasure, he's tooling around the streets of Copenhagen in his Fiat 500. In the true spirit ... Read more
During the night of January 23rd, 1973. a volcanic eruption broke out on Heimaey, the biggest of the Westmann Islands. A fissure then opened only 200 metres from Iceland's most important fishing centre, the town of Vestmannaeyjar. ... Read more
Deadpan slacker absurdity meets mobster high jinks - plus a little kung fu - in this Icelandic comedy from Olaf de Fleur Johannesson. ... Lightweight debt collector David is on the lowest rung on the short ladder of Icelandic petty crims. Dreaming of climbing his way to a prestigious position in ... Read more
“You may imagine Iceland to be a slate-gray purgatory; Jar City will outdo your most depressing fantasies.” - Time Out New YorkA murder mystery with a story that's as chilly as its ice-cold setting. The plot follows Erlendur, a detective on the case of a seemingly mundane murder. When his ... Read more
“The Last Winter updates The Thing for our own epoch. Only this time, the villain isn't something from outer space: it's us.” - Toronto Film Festival Starring Ron Perlman as a gruff he-man, The Last Winter takes us to a remote base in northern Alaska where a motley crew of adventurers encounter ... Read more
“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 ... Read more
No comment—but that of the ugliness and noise in a factory. A briskly edited study of workers, their tedium and alienation in the atmosphere of their place of work. ... Read more
From the country that brought you 101 Reykjavic (MIFF 2001) comes an equally humorous tragi-comedy. High school offers no challenge to the gifted Noi. He spends his days stealing beer to numb the boredom of life in the snowbound Icelandic village he has grown up in. Noi is hairless, pale, awkward ... Read more
"It takes chutzpah to call a pic [Screaming Masterpiece], however tongue-in-cheek it's intended, but as director Ari Alexander Ergis Magnusson's flag-waving documentary proves, Icelanders are not short on self-belief. The film explores how this tiny nation has managed to produce not only exportable ... Read more
Nominated for an Oscar this year as the best live action short film. Hrafn has lost his wife and is about to lose his land, his independence and his dignity. In his desperation he finds a way to keep it all.---D/S Runar Runarsson P Thorir Snaer Sigurjonsson, Skuli Malmquist WS Zic Zak Filmworks L ... Read more
Veteran filmmaker Peter Hutton's latest work is a series of tableaux shot in the landscape of northern Iceland. Extremely simple in structure and breathtakingly beautiful, [Skagafjördur] is an understated gem exploring the nature of observation, composition, silence and illumination. --- D/S Peter ... Read more
A loser in Australia, a tosser in England, whatever term you choose, Toti - the hero of The Icelandic Dream - is no winner. In some ways he's the George Costanza of Reykjavic: the kind of guy who gets into the shady 'import/export' business with no knowledge of the product. Saddled with a history ... Read more
"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 redefinition. ... "Hoary patriarch and self-styled autocrat Thordur summons his grown children home to ... Read more
A colourful travelogue on modern Iceland from the life and bustle of Reykjavik to the glaciers and hot springs of the more remote inland areas. ... Read more
A thematic companion piece to Runarsson's Oscar-nominated short, The Last Farm (MIFF 06), where the main protagonist makes the ultimate sacrifice out of love. --- D/S Runar Runarsson P ZikZak Films WS Icelandic Film Centre TD 35mm/2008/15mins ... Read more
Two brothers living in a remote fjord with their parents discover the value of the bond between them. ... D/S Gudmunder Arnar Gudmundsson P Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, Anton Máni Svansson WS Danish Film Institute L Icelandic w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
“Kormákur's most assured and ambitious film to date.” - Toronto Film Festival ... Actor-director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City, MIFF 08) calls his modernised version of Anton Chekhov's play Ivanov a ‘dramedy', inspired by the likes of Pedro Almodóvar and Woody Allen. ... A middle-aged ... Read more
This chilling 17th century saga is a brutal examination of the occult and the consequences of belief, in the physical presence of dark forces, escalating out of control. The Reverend Jón Magnússon is a star theology student and an idealistic young priest. Fresh from the seminary, he is sent ... Read more
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