Either Way

Either Way  {A´ annan veg}
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Either Way
A´ annan veg
Iceland, 2011, 85 Minute Running Time
Topics: Buddy Picture, Comedy
Program: Nordic Light
Language: Icelandic English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Best Film, Screenplay, Torino International Festival

Two highway maintenance men in the barren wilderness of 1980s Iceland find themselves at a literal and figurative crossroads in this terrifically endearing comedy. Serious thirty-something Finnbogi (played by co-writer Svein Olafur Gunnarsson) wants to use his spare time to improve himself. Meanwhile, his younger, hot-to-trot brother-in-law Alfred would prefer to drive hours to civilization and go clubbing. At first, they gall each other as they paint white stripes on the roadway far from other human contact. But ultimately their barely civil tolerance evolves into real friendship as they support each other through romantic travails. The gorgeous visuals favor long takes, wide frames and moving shots that allow the acting to carry the story. Incidentally, director David Gordon Green is working on the US remake.

“Wisely employing the harshly beautiful landscape as the third principal character, tyro helmer Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson highlights human vulnerability and the struggle to create something meaningful and lasting.” Alissa Simon, Variety

Winner: Best Film, Torino Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
Producer: David Óskar Ólafsson, Árni Filippusson
Editor: Kristjan Lodmfjord
Screenwriter: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
Cinematographer: Arni Filippusson
Principal Cast: Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Hilmar Gudjónsson, Thorsteinn Bachmann
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Mystery Island - www.mystery.is


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