Jar City (2006)
"Mýrin" (original title)

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A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erlendur (as Ingvar E. Sigurðsson)
Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir ...
Eva Lind
Sigurður Óli
Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir ...
Atli Rafn Sigurðsson ...
Þorsteinn Gunnarsson ...
Theodór Júlíusson ...
Þórunn Magnea Magnúsdóttir ...
Guðmunda Elíasdóttir ...
Walter Grímsson ...
Magnús Ragnarsson ...
Rafnhildur Rósa Atladóttir ...
Jón Sigurbjörnsson ...


Örn's daughter is dead because of a rare genetic disease. By this time Erlendur has to find Holdeberg's killer. He has to find out what happened 30 years ago and to connect it with his case and he has another problem...His relationships with his daughter. Written by SpartakM

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20 October 2006 (Iceland)  »

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ISK 180,000,000 (estimated)

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The characters of Örn and his daughter, Kola, are played by real life father & daughter, Atli Rafn Sigurðsson and Rafnhildur Rósa Atladóttir, respectively. See more »


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one of TIFF 2007's best
7 December 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Baltasar Kormákur was there to answer questions at the first screening of this excellent film at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2007. He did a terrific job, both of directing the film and of untangling some of the details for us after the screening.

This was a film that we picked up at the last minute, to see on the first day of the festival. We went in with absolutely no expectations and were thrilled to find one of the best films of the festival laid out before us.

Everything about this film was outstanding: casting, sets and locations, acting, directing, and the subtitling was unobtrusive but effective. It has a wonderful black humour to it in spots, too. No wonder Iceland has chosen this film as its Oscar contender.

I know I'll see this film again! Not only that, but I've ordered all of the books in the series by Arnaldur Idridason that I could find in translation, because I found his story so compelling and want to read the further adventures of Detective Erlendur. I sincerely hope Kormákur directs more of them.

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