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White Night Wedding (2008)

Brúðguminn (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 18 January 2008 (Iceland)
In less than twenty-four hours, a middle-aged academic and his nearly half his age fiancée will get married in Iceland's windswept island, Flatey, amid endless preparations and bitter second thoughts. Is this what they really want?

Director:

Baltasar Kormákur

Writers:

Baltasar Kormákur (screenplay), Ólafur Egilsson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilmir Snær Guðnason ... Jón
Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir ... Anna
Laufey Elíasdóttir ... Þóra
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Börkur
Jóhann Sigurðarson Jóhann Sigurðarson ... Lárus
Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir ... Sísí
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Sjonni
Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir ... Matthildur
Ólafur Egilsson ... Séra Ólafur
Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir Herdís Þorvaldsdóttir ... Kristín
Karl Guðmundsson Karl Guðmundsson ... Jon's father
Karl Agust Þórbergsson Karl Agust Þórbergsson ... Student (Nemendur)
Baltasar Breki Baltasarsson Baltasar Breki Baltasarsson ... Student (Nemendur)
Sigurlaug Elín Þórhallsdóttir Sigurlaug Elín Þórhallsdóttir ... Student (Nemendur)
Christof Wehmeier Christof Wehmeier ... German tourist (Þyskur ferdamadur)
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Jon, a middle-aged professor is going to get married tomorrow, for the second time, to one of his ex-students half his age. But it's not all roses. First, there's his cranky mother-in-law-to-be who violently opposes the marriage and who demands repayment of Jon's loan before the wedding night. Second, his plans to build a golf course on the little island of Flatey where they live aren't going at all to plan. Third, his extremely drunk best man is on the loose without any shoes and lastly, the continual presence of his emotional first wife is haunting his every move. When the guests start flocking to the island, Jon starts getting cold feet. After a very long night of drinking and thinking, will Jon be able to make it to the church on time? Written by The Film Catalogue

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Taglines:

A Midsummer Night's Comedy.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Iceland

Language:

Icelandic | English

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

White Night Wedding See more »

Filming Locations:

Flatey, Iceland

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Production Co:

Blueeyes Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Iceland's official entry for the 2009 foreign-language Oscar. See more »

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Grai fidringurinn
Written by Jakob Magnússon (as Jakob Frimann Magnusson), Egill Ólafsson and Valgeir Gudjonsson
Performed by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Hilmir Snær Guðnason
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White Night shines bright
21 February 2009 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I saw this last month at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. This is the fifth film from writer/director and noted Icelandic stage director Baltasar Kormakur. Baltasar and Olafur Egil Egilsson wrote the screenplay as a loose adaptation of Anton Chekhov's stage play Ivanov and the film was developed simultaneously with a stage play that featured the same cast. This was Iceland's official entry as Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards. It has won several awards in Iceland and worldwide and was one of Iceland's biggest domestic box office hits. The setting is on the remote Flatey Island off the north shore of Iceland. University professor Jon (Hilmirsnaer Gudnasson) has an impending marriage to Thora (Laufey Eliasdottir), a former student of his and a girl half his age and only one year after his wife committed suicide. Thor's parents Laurus (Johann Sigurdarsson) and Sisi (Olafia Hronn Jonsdottir) run the islands only store, hotel and tavern and have had a bad business arrangement with Jon. A great cast and a great performance by Thorstur Leo Gunnardsson who plays Jon's rowdy and overbearing friend Borkur who has arrived on the island for the wedding. Great character development central cast and peripheral characters in this romantic drama/comedy. Excellent cinematography by Bergstein Bjorgulfsson and editing by Elisabet Ronaldsdott with art design by Atili Gretarsson and Gretar Reynisson. I would give this an 8.5 out of 10 and recommend it.


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