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The Icelandic Dream (2000)

Íslenski draumurinn (original title)
A business man and weekend dad is getting worn down by family trouble, business failure and the continuous loss of his favourite football team.

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Róbert I. Douglas
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Cast

Credited cast:
Þórhallur Sverrisson Þórhallur Sverrisson ... Toti
Jón Gnarr ... Valli
Matt Keeslar ... The American
Hafdís Huld Hafdís Huld ... Dagmar
Laufey Brá Jónsdottir Laufey Brá Jónsdottir ... Silja the ex-wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Þorsteinn Bachmann ... Geiri
Felix Bergsson Felix Bergsson ... Neigbour
Milena Delgado Milena Delgado ... Spanish friend
Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir Edda Björg Eyjólfsdóttir ... Edda
Gunnar Eyjólfsson Gunnar Eyjólfsson ... Halldór the ex-inlaw
Guðrún Gísladóttir ... Mother
Björgvin Franz Gíslason Björgvin Franz Gíslason ... Johnny Norway (as Björgvin Franz)
Hafdís Helga Helgadóttir ... Sól (as Helga Hafdís)
Laufey Karítas Laufey Karítas ... Vala
Sigurjón Kjartansson ... Loser
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Storyline

A business man and weekend dad is getting worn down by family trouble, business failure and the continuous loss of his favourite football team.

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A young business man looses track on reality when his obsession with soccer grows too strong

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

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Country:

Iceland

Language:

Icelandic | English | Thai

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Islandzkie marzenie See more »

Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$76,694 (Iceland), 10 September 2000, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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More of these skilled debutants wanted!
30 November 2000 | by kayeeSee all my reviews

Debutant Robert Douglas has with his 'The Icelandic Dream' proven that an interesting plot is not needed for a film to be (positively) well remembered.

Robert Douglas' filmic language has developed through making several short films and his style is clearly distinct from many other contemporary debutans, who often - in my opinion - use an interesting plot together with a more conventional way of telling the story. Thus, sadly enough, making the story not as dazzling as it should be.

In 'The Icelandic Dream', telling techniques more commonly seen in documentaries are used, which is not only quite daring of a debutant but also very refreshing to experience outside the cinemathèques. And what a debutant! Directing and editing skills beating both Sundance film festival winners and film makers who've already made a couple of feature films!

But please note, the Douglas style should not be mixed with the Dogma style; the constant shakiness of Dogma is not present in 'The Icelandic Dream'. (A blessing some would say.)

I hope though, that Robert Douglas' next films will have more thrilling plots that match my personal - quite fastidious- taste. Thus matching his high directing and editing skills.

Now, if the plot interests you, this will have to be a make-you-feel-good-masterpiece in every way. Instead of the worn-out stories taken or inspired from the Icelandic Sagas, 'The Icelandic Dream' is one of the few films that, in a more extremely well-done way, show how contemporary Iceland is. And there sure is a lot more than cliché volcanos, Björk and the Sagas.


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