Icelandic selection

Posted: July 22, 2010 in Nordic Feel
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A koldrum klaka (Cold Fever) – Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 1995

A Japanese man travels to Iceland to perform a traditional burial ceremony for his parents who died there several years back. On his journey, he gets into strange adventures and meets lots of more or less lovely weirdoes.

Englar alheimsins (Angels of the Universe) – Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 2000

A young artist’s fragile mental equilibrium is broken when his girlfriend leaves him, and we follow his desperate and inevitable descent into madness and a mental institution.

101 Reykjavík – Baltasar Kormákur, 2000

A guy way too old to be living with his mother spends dark Rejkjavik days and nights in a booze and party fantasy land, until his mother’s gorgeous Spanish friend moves into their house. He cannot resist sleeping with her, only to find out that she is in fact her mother’s girlfriend and the two women seem to have used him to get a child. Nice grow-up call.

Nói albinoi – Dagur Kári, 2003

All that Nói wanted was to escape the cold, snowy winter of the small town he lives in, With the appropriate girl, of course, which complicates things a little bit.

Kaldaljós (Cold Light) – Hilmar Oddsson, 2004

A guy too deeply disturbed by a childhood tragedy to connect with anybody, let along be prepared for fatherhood.

Gargandi snilld (Screaming Masterpiece) – Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon, 2005

Brilliant documentary about Icelandic music and its connection to the landscape.

Mýrin – Baltasar Kormákur, 2006

Two investigations, one criminal, one genetic, merge in an intense and suspenseful thriller.

Heima – Dean DeBlois, 2007

Hauntingly beautiful documentary about Sigur Rós performing home, in Iceland, from small villages and non-existent villages to Rejkjavik.

Brúðguminn (White Night Wedding) – Baltasar Kormákur, 2008

True Kormákur comedy about a guy about to marry a girl half his age after already having “consumed” one wife.  I am a little bothered to feel for him, his attitude annoys me, but that does not change a fact that this is a funny and strange masterpiece.

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