Favourite Films: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson & Anton Máni Svansson

In our new series Favourite Films, we speak to Nordic directors, producers and actors about the Nordic films that have inspired them.

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson & Anton Máni Svansson, director and producer of Heartstone

About Heartstone

A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

So far this year, Heartstone has picked up awards at the Nordic Film Days, CPH:PIX, the Venice Film Festival and the Warsaw Film Festival, among others.

Read our interview with Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson & Anton Máni Svansson here.

1. Wong Kar-Wai’s Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels is a 1995 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai.


2. Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together

Happy Together is a 1997 Hong Kong romance film directed by Wong Kar-wai. In the film, Ho Po-wing and Lai Yiu-fair, a couple from pre-handover Hong Kong, visit Argentina hoping to renew their ailing relationship. The two have a pattern of abuse, followed by breakups and reconciliations.



Watching these films showed me how cinema can be a great art form.

3. The films of Lars von Trier


Lars Von Trier for his very thrilling and unsafe choices and artistic directions.

4. The films of Ingmar Bergman

5. The films of Nils Malmros


Ingmar Bergman & Nils Malmros for their delicate and truthful storytelling.



Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.