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Modern Icelandic Cinema: The Icelandic Dream (Íslenski draumurinn)

Fri, Nov 29 / 7 pm
Sat, Nov 30 / 3 pm
Directed by Róbert I. Douglas
2000, Iceland, 92 min
Icelandic with English subtitles

The domestic hit feature of Reyjavik music video director Robert I. Douglas is an acerbic portrait of an Icelandic hoser and an engaging parody of the Icelandic (and American) Dream. Unlikable “entrepreneur” Tóti is a failure at every one of the many crazy schemes he turns his hand to. Tóti is abusive to family and friends, loathed by his ex-wife, and a stifling bore to his young daughter. Tóti’s latest idea, illegally importing Bulgarian cigarettes, threatens to be another fiasco. But when the smuggled smokes are found to contain a sought-after herb, it may be that his luck has turned.


Wayward Heroes: Modern Icelandic Cinema
Icelandic cinema is exploding around the world. Immediately following the triumph of black comedies like Rams at Cannes, films by directors such as Dagur Kári, Rúnar Rúnarsson, Hlynur Pálmason and Ísold Uggadóttir picked up prizes at major festivals around the world. Legendary TIFF programmer and writer Steve Gravestock is coming to Winnipeg for three days to launch a new book – History of Icelandic Film which explores the great riches of Icelandic cinema from the silent era to the present day. The sporadic production from the ‘20s to the ‘70s gave way to the “Icelandic Spring” of the ’80s, with international inroads being made in the ’90s. Magic-realist fables, bloody Viking epics, sardonic deadpan comedies, and hard-boiled Nordic noirs, a remarkable evolution from the ’80s to contemporary Iceland.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Steve Gravestock of TIFF, Consulate General of Iceland, the Icelandic Embassy, Gimli Film Festival, and Frank Zappia, Zappia Group Realty.

           

       

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Scruffy, endearing, and comic . . . The Icelandic Dream rides on a grungy charm.
-Steve Gravestock, TIFF
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