Hvalfjörður (Whale Valley)
If you are a fan of Iceland, you know of course the Hvalfjörður Fjord in southwestern Iceland, known for the Glımur waterfall and also for a whaling station. It is in this "whale fjord" that history unfolds and where one discovers the strong bond that unites two young brothers living in this isolated region. The director of the film Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson was recently acclaimed for his feature film Hjartasteinn in 2016, which paints, with delicacy, the portrait of young men who discover their sexuality. Check out the short film here.
In 2010, Jón Már Gunnarsson, from the Icelandic Film School, decided to tackle some Icelandic clichés in this short film about Icelandic people having relationships with foreigners who come to settle in Iceland. The story takes us to meet Stanislaw, a young Polish man, invited for the first time to his Icelandic girlfriend's family. Surprises, more surprises and irony are on the agenda of this successful short film, which laughs at all possible and imaginable stereotypes of Icelandic society today. Link to the film here.
"The last farm" tells the story of the life of an elderly couple on an Icelandic farm. Siðasti bærinn is a beautiful love story that shows the affection of an old man for his land, his loneliness and his independence. The film was shot in an abandoned farmhouse in the western fjords. The director of the film Rúnar Rúnarsson is also known for his more recent feature films, Eldfjall (Volcano) and Þrestir (Sparrows). The film earned a nomination in the 2005 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. The music of Siðasti bærinn was composed by Kjartan Sveinsson, former member of the band Sigur Rós. You can also see other short films by the same director, such as Smáfuglar ("small birds"). Watch the movie in this link!
It is as beautiful as the reflection of a mountain on the water, as beautiful as a summer evening, like a journey in the western fjords, or like the small nose of a seal peeping out of the water ... This short film, a true story of a kayaker who sails through the fjords of Iceland was filmed just beside the magnificent waterfall of Dynjandi. It will fill you with awe at its landscapes. It's an incredibly successful film. The director Eyþór Jóvinsson is a native of the fjords of the west; He now runs a small coffee shop in Flateyri. He and four other young people from the region have created the Glamá film company. None of them have any education or experience in this field - only enthusiasm for making movies and a love for the region!
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