Iceland in seven feature films
Iceland, situated on the edge of the Arctic Circle, is an incredible land of discovery not only for tourists and explorers...but also for film-lovers. To mark the upcoming video on demand release of Brave Men’s Blood and Life in a Fishbowl in several European countries, Walk this Way takes a look at seven unmissable Icelandic feature films.
Brave Men’s Blood by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, 2015
Determined to take down one of Iceland’s biggest criminal networks, Hannes (Darri Ingolfsson, seen in Dexter and Last Resort), the chief of the Reykjavik police force’s Department of Internal Affairs, opens an enquiry into one of his lieutenants, who a former crime baron has accused of being particularly corrupt. Hannes sets out on a path that could hardly be more dangerous... This Icelandic-French co-production will be available from 4 April as part of the Men on the Edge VoD collection. More information is available here.
Rams by Grímur Hákonarson, 2015
Premiering in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and overall winner of the 2016 Icelandic Film Awards, Rams tells the story of two brothers in an isolated valley in Iceland, who, estranged for 40 years, are forced to work together to save their most prized possessions: their rams.
101 Reykjavík by Baltasar Kormákur, 2000
Baltasar Kormáku found public acclaim and recognition thanks to 101 Reykjavík, which brought Hlynur’s story to the screen; a 30-something year-old unemployed man who still lives with his mother and gets together with her friend Lola (Victoria Abril). The celebrated filmmaker has recently produced 2 Guns, featuring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, as well as the adventure film Everest with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Life in a Fishbowl by Baldvin Z, 2014
Part of the Award Winning Dramas collection, Life in a Fishbowl will be available on VoD from November 28th. This lyrical film features three interlocking stories and is set in the Icelandic capital in 2006. More information is available here.
Volcano by Rúnar Rúnarsson, 2011
Rúnar Rúnarsson’s first feature film, presented as part of the Director’s Fortnight at the 2011 Cannes Festival, Volcano follows a 67 year-old man as he reaches retirement and finally grows up. The director’s latest film, Sparrows, was presented in official competition at the 2015 San Sebastián Film Festival.
Virgin Mountain by Dagur Kári, 2015
This feature film, which premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, recounts the story of 43 year-old Fusi who still lives with his mother. Every day follows the same deadly monotonous rhythm, until the bubbly Alma and youthful Hera burst into his life and shake up this old bachelor’s routine.
Either Way by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, 2011
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson presents the daily lives of two of Iceland’s roads department’s employees during the 1980s as they spend the summer painting lines on the winding roads stretching off into the horizon. An American remake, Prince of Texas by David Gordon Green, was produced in 2013.
01 April 2016, by Cineuropa