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Iceland, 2011, 99 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Denmark
Topics: Drama, Seniors
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Icelandic English Sub-Titles

Awards: Best Direction:Transilvania International Film Festival; Church of Iceland Award; FIPRESCI, Kazakhst

A gruff working class retiree relearns what makes life precious in this heartrending drama. With well-rounded characters and an overall tone reminiscent of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, the realist tale shows that tender sex is not incompatible with senescence. Although witnessing the indignities of aging and infirmity won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, this poignantly performed film strikes grace notes that feel both universal and uniquely Icelandic. After 37 years as a feared school janitor, the future for Hannes looms like an empty void. From a more conservative time, when a man was king in his home and expressions of affection were limited to women and Christmas time, he’s alienated from his adult children and his young grandson. After his wife Anna suffers a sudden stroke, Hannes must summon long repressed emotional resources. Shot in grainy 16mm, the production design evokes a keen sense of nostalgia while transcendent music from Sigur Ros’ Kjartan Sveinsson soars at key points. Winner: Best Film, Montreal Festival of New Cinema; Best New Director, Valladolid; Best Director, Transylvania; Best Actor, Sao Paolo.

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DIRECTOR: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Producer: Thor Sigurjonsson, Skuli Malmquist, Egil Dennerline
Editor: Jacob Schulsinger
Screenwriter: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Cinematographer: Sophia Olsson
Music: Kjartan Sveinsson
Principal Cast: Theódór Júlíusson, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Elma Lisa Gunnarsdottir, Thorsteinn Bachmann
Filmography: Debut Feature
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