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Detective to the People

Simultaneously a delightful, tragic and endearing story of a man, his hopeless assistant, and a mysterious girl with no name.

More, More More!

I am a person of peculiar prejudice, that is, I have reservations about Icelandic television series. I couldn’t have been more wrong about Hæ Gosi .

To Travel the World in Words and Visions

The Reykjavík Shorts&Docs was held in Reykjavík from May 6 to 9 in Bíó Paradís, and what an enriching experience it was to attend the festival.

The Night We Never Forget

1995 was a dark year in the history of catastrophes in Iceland with 35 deaths in West Fjords alone, an event etched into the nation’s memory.

Crime Gone Bad

The second series of The Press continues to follow the life of journalist, mother and wife Lára and her investigation of Iceland’s underground world.

Eye Opener: Last Days of the Arctic

In the most isolated parts of Iceland and Greenland is a world like no other. Mysterious and enchanting, it casts an eternal spell on those who enter it.

Colloquial Iceland

Good Trip is a short low-budget travel documentary whose star is the spectacular face of Icelandic nature and narrator is a lone traveler, Annie Lux.

Teen Jitters in an Adult World

Jitters is not only a film about teenagers and for teenagers, but also an inside perspective of the invisible world of adolescence for the adult viewer.

Thór: Iceland’s First Animated Hero!

Thór is Iceland’s first full-length animated film and the opening night was exciting for all involved in its production and other attendees.

RIFF: A Celebration of Life

Reykjavík is the Bohemian queen of the North and the RIFF festival is a celebration of her colloquial yet multicultural charms.

Utterance of Hopelessness: God Bless Iceland

“God bless Iceland,” uttered by Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde on October 6, 2008, marks the beginning of the banking collapse and subsequent series of protests. It is also the title of a documentary by Helgi Felixson which premiered on the crisis’s first anniversary. He did a great job of...

Love, Loss and Envy

The Honor of the House , based on a novel by Halldór Laxness, is a story of sisterly love and envy where the rise and fall of family honor is dictated by ideals of pride and honor.

A Playful Period Piece: Hullabaloo

Ever wonder what Reykjavík was like before the cell phones and SUVs? Hullabaloo ( Gauragangur ), directed by Gunnar B. Gudmundsson, provides a unique look into the life of a teenager in Reykjavík in the late 1970s. Both funny and serious, this quirky film evokes a feeling of nostalgia as it traces...

Remembering Godafoss: The Lost Ship

The Lost Ship , directed by Björn Brynjúlfur Björnsson, is a gripping documentary that tells the capitvating story of the Icelandic merchant ship Godafoss that was sunk by a German submarine in 1944. The film also features interviews with survivors telling their firsthand accounts of the fateful...

Get Swept Away: Undercurrent

The only major complaint you’ll find in this review of Árni Ásgeirsson’s 2010 film Undercurrent is that it I didn’t get around to seeing it sooner. The film follows the crew of the fishing trawler as they come to terms with the tragic death of one of their own aboard the ship. When a woman comes to...

Another Victory for Court (Season Two)

Despite getting off to a shaky start, season two of the Court TV series is a winner in my books. Directed by Saevar Gudmundsson and originally aired on Icelandic TV in 2010, the series takes off from where the first season left off. The acting is good and the storylines are timely, even cathartic...

Home for the Holidays (and Hardships): December

As the title may suggest, December ( Desember ) is a “Christmas movie”, although that’s not to say it’s a feel-good film. Directed by Hilmar Oddsson and released in 2009, the film tackles some dark family issues and although I was a fan of the elements of realism, the two main characters, and the...

A Touching Tribute: Mamma Gógó

Mamma Gógó is the latest film from Academy Award nominated director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson. In what can be called a biopic of sorts, the film centers on his relationship with his elderly mother who is progressing through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Not without its share of humor, it is...

A Masterpiece or Just Mediocre?: Messenger

The 2010 film Messenger ( Bodberi ) directed by Hjálmar Einarsson is a puzzle, to say the least. Messenger has a message, but I think it gets lost in the mix. I came away with the distinct feeling that either the whole film had gone over my head with its philosophical and religious themes or that...

Tickling the Nordic Funny Bone: I Make Sense of Humour

I Make Sense of Humour ( Mér er gamanmál ) directed by Ragnar Hansson, is a collection of six 30-minute mockumentary TV episodes made in 2010. Each episode features the well-known character Frímann Gunnarsson traveling to a different Nordic country and England in order to interview one of its star...

Iceland’s Unspoiled Nature… Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Dreamland

In a time when it’s all too easy to assume that other people will “take care of it”, Dreamland puts some of the onus on us, bringing up the moral duty we have to protect the natural resources of the world. The 2009 documentary directed by Thorfinnur Gudnason and Andri Snaer Magnason not only...

A Place Fit For Kings: King’s Road

King’s Road by Valdís Óskarsdóttir, which takes place in an Icelandic trailer park, is both funny and tragic. Tragic in the sort of absurd way that was easy to chuckle at and it’s always a winning combination to have equal parts of misery and comedy. However, the film also became stagnant at times.

Something for Everyone: Reykjavík International Film Festival

This year marks the seventh annual RIFF and every year it just keeps getting better. In 11 days, 140 films from 29 countries are shown in downtown Reykjavík, meaning there is something for everyone at this festival. If the only downside you can think of is there being too much on the agenda, then I...

It’s Time to Make Some Changes: Future of Hope

Future of Hope is an aptly named documentary directed by Henry Bateman about what some people are doing to shape the future of Iceland, hoping that above all, the crisis will ultimately strengthen the country.

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