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Modern Icelandic Cinema: Under the Glacier (Kristnihald undir jökli)

Fri, Nov 22 / 9:30 pm
Sat, Nov 23 / 5 pm
Directed by Gudný Halldórsdóttir
1989, Iceland, 89 min
Icelandic with English subtitles

This absurdist fable follows Umbi, a young emissary sent by the Bishop of Iceland to investigate a village at the foot of the famous Snaefells glacier. Umbi finds the local church shuttered and the village a haven for all kinds of theologically unorthodox oddballs including an anarcho-hippie cult and the pastor’s mysterious, estranged wife, who has returned from the dead after transmogrifying into a fish! Under the Glacier is profoundly cerebral, kind of trippy, and one of the most daring Icelandic films of the 1980s.

All screenings Nov. 21-23 introduced by curator Steve Gravestock, Senior Canadian and International programmer for Toronto International Film Festival.  


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.

            

       

Reviews

Under the Glacier is profoundly cerebral, kind of trippy, and one of the most daring Icelandic films of the 1980s.
-Steve Gravestock
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