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November 9, 2022—7:00 pm9:00 pm

“A powerful and emotive work which digs deep into the effects of trauma” (Backseat Mafia) — see the moving new Icelandic thriller Quake (Skjálfti, dir. Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, Iceland, 2022) at Scandinavia House!

When Saga, a single mother in her late 30s, is hit by a fierce epileptic attack while walking in a public park with her six-year-old son, she suffers from a total memory loss. Afraid of being considered unable to take care of her child, Saga attempts to hide her state from others, occupying herself by digging for the answers she needs. As she struggles to gather bits and pieces from her forgotten life, repressed memories that Saga unconsciously blocked when she was young suddenly start to reappear, revealing a painful truth about herself and her past.

Based on the bestselling novel Quake (Grand Mal) by Audur Jonsdóttir, Quake has been acclaimed as “an unwinding, emotional journey that compels from the off” (The Hollywood News).

About the Director

Tinna Hrafnsdóttir is an Icelandic director, actress, writer and producer both in theater and films. She studied literature and writing in The University of Iceland, is an alumnus of Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavik University (MBA) and TIFF Filmmakers Lab, and runs her own film production company, Freyja Filmwork.

Tinna has written and directed two award-winning short films Helga (2016) and Munda (2017). Quake is her first feature. Tinna is currently developing her first miniseries, Home Is Where the Heart Is.


November 9, 2022
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm