Small Mountain - what the critics say
A Roadmovie with its own character. Susanne Schutz, Die Rheinpfalz.
A typically mordant slice of Icelandic
character comedy marbled with warm, inclusive moments ... Einar
Thor Gunnlaugsson mines his island's rich sense of the ridiculous
to milder effect than some of its forebears, but has a quietly kooky
charm ... Derek Elley, Variety.
Yet beneath the feelgood exterior is a
darker heart. Albert's brooding anger threatens to overspill into
violence and sexual aggression, but it's the unjust destruction
of innocence depicted in a chick wrapped in a bag and thrown to
its death and a stricken lamb that lingers in the memory ... every
detail looks enticingly stunning. Ben Hopkins, Icelandonscreen.
The thing is that Einar Thor Gunnlaugsson
approaches his subject differently than most other Icelandic directors
... The director skillfully creates an atmosphere, emotions and
a story, and continues to develop the art of filmmaking in the country,
with fresh approach, courage and stimulates us to reflect. Sigurður
Sverrir Palsson's photography gives the film wings. O.Torfason,
National Radio 2.
The film becomes both a story of father
and son but also a remarkable moving portrait of the countryside
people. This is a film that keeps a low profile but is a better
and truer profile of Iceland than many of the domestic "big
movies" which are most visible. And for the Icelandic filmmaking
to flourish we need many films like Small Mountain. A simple story told in a sincere but an amusing way, unpretentious
and personal. I.Jokulsson, 24Hours, National Newspaper.
A nicely observed idea which works on many
levels of the story. When I say the film is harmless then I mean
that it underscores the light humor. For example is Gisli Petur
solemn through out but you always know he is a good guy. So the
confrontation between him and Emil is quite funny. There the scriptwriter
manages to reveal a certain generation's fright of showing emotions
... a special charm. Anna S. Morgunbladid, National Newspaper.
Johann Sigurdarson holds your attention
every second he is in sight. J.V.Jonsson DV, National Newspaper.
Small Mountain is a highly appealing blend
of stunning Icelandic locations, great characters, quirky comedy,
with an undertone of sadness and menace. Haugesund Film
Emil is asked to take the ballot box to the
local airport, but he misses the plane.
Emil is a nice guy, he is helpful to his friends
and neighbors, happy to make a detour to pick up cookies or fix
a smoke detector, but he is not so good at communicating with the
most important people in his life. Today he is not expecting his
son to show up, but is suddenly brought to face his family and his
community after he finds himself stuck upon the small mountain.
This will be a day to remember.
A slice of life road movie set against the rugged
landscape of Iceland. Inspired by the story of Abraham and Isaac.
Original title: Heiðin (aka Small Mountain)
Writer/director: Einar Thor
DoP: Sigurður Sverrir Palsson
Editors: Einar Thor, Sigurbjorg Jonsdottir
Music: Danny Chang, (composer). Mum, Hafdis Huld
Running time: 96 min.
Format and ratio: 35 mm, 1:85 (25 fps)
Sound: Dolby SR
Original language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English on 35 mm. English, German, French
Producers: Einar Thor (exec), Danny Chang (co)
An Iceland/UK co-production, backed by The Icelandic
Cast: Johann Sigurðarson, Gisli Petur Hinriksson,
Olafur S.K. Thorvaldz, Isgerður Elfa Gunnarsdottir, Guðrun
Gisladottir, Gunnar Eyjolfsson, Jon Sigurbjornsson, Solveig Arnarsdottir,
Birna Hafstein, Snorri Hergill Kristjansson.
Festivals and programs: Haugesund, Norway. Mannheim-Heidelberg,
Germany. Tallinn, Estonia. Shanghai, China (Asia premier). Terni,
Italy. Kulturhus, Berlin. Minnesota, Minneapolis and Scandinavia
House, New York, US. Delhi (IIWFF), India.
Small Mountain on youtube
- and on IFC database - Music example here
Download a short interview here
- From German media here
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