In a remote and scenic fishing village in Iceland, teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer, filled with angst and fracturing home lives. In the midst of family chaos the boys are also discovering their own sexuality. As they explore their relationships with the girls in their circle, the two also begin to discover that their feelings for one another might not be strictly platonic.
In this coming-of-age film set within a brooding Icelandic landscape, fraught with tension and nascent desires, the two close friends must come to terms with what their relationship means — to themselves, and to one another.
“A fervent, intensely acted drama.” —The Guardian
Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland, 2016).
In celebration of the centenary of Iceland’s independence and sovereignty, Scandinavia House and the Consulate of Iceland in New York bring you an Icelandic movie of the month through 2018.
About the Director
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (born 1982, Iceland) graduated from the Icelandic Art Academy, and later moved to Denmark to study screenwriting. His short films have been selected for more than 200 festivals and won over 50 international awards. Among these accolades are a Special Mention for Whale Valley (2013) in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival and a nomination for the European Film Awards. Guðmundsson developed and wrote his first feature film Heartstone during a Cannes Cinéfondation Residency. While in development, the film also received an award from the Netherlands Production Platform.
About the Series
See some top picks of recent Scandinavian award-winning cinema in “Hits From the North: Recent Award-Winning Nordic Films.” Each film will be screened twice—Wednesday at 7 PM and Friday at 6:30 PM. Tickets for individual films are $12 ($7 ASF Members) or you can purchase a Series Pass for all five films for $45 ($30 ASF Members).
Films in the series include:
The King’s Choice /Kongens nei—WED—FEB 7 & FRI—FEB 9
Land of mine /Under sandet—WED—FEB 14 & FRI—FEB 16
The Nile Hilton Incident—WED—FEB 21 & FRI–FEB 23
Heartstone /Hjartasteinn—WED—FEB 28 & FRI—MAR 2
The Other Side of Hope /Toivan tuolla puolen—WED—MAR 7 & FRI—MAR 9
WED—FEBRUARY 28—7 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
Series pass $45 ($30 ASF Members)
129 min. In Icelandic with English subtitles.