"Profoundly humane, reflective and unsentimental..."
Icelandic screenwriter and director Rúnar Rúnarsson's feature film debut which he wrote, premiered in the Director's Fortnight section at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival in 2011 and was screened in the Another View section at the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2011. It was shot on location in Iceland and is an Iceland-Denmark co-production which was produced by producers Skûli Fr. Malmquist, Þórir S. Sigurjónsson and Egil Dennerline. It tells the story about 67-year-old Hannes and his wife Anna who lives in Reykjavik where Hannes has worked as a janitor at a school ever since they left the Vestmannaeyar after the volcano eruption in 1976. Hannes is retiring from his long-time job as a janitor and finds himself in a new situation.
Finely and acutely directed by Icelandic filmmaker Rúnar Rúnarsson, this quietly paced and authentic fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws an intimate portrayal of an elder man's relationship with his wife, his grown up children and his way of facing retirement. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, fine cinematography by cinematographer Sophia Olsson and realism, this character-driven and dialog-driven coming-of-age tale depicts an empathic study of character and contains a prominent score by composer Kjartan Sveinsson.
This somewhat romantic, somewhat humorous and compassionate story about the realities of life and family relations, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and the poignant acting performances by Icelandic actor Theódór Jûliusson and Icelandic actress Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir. A profoundly humane, reflective and unsentimental drama which gained, among numerous other awards, the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film at the 34th Denver Film Festival in 2011.
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