Goteborg 2016: In Front of Others

Icelandic cinema has been increasingly popular over the last twelve months – with moody drama pieces captivating audiences around the globe. In Front of Others is a rare treat in itself: An Icelandic movie that is both romantic and a comedy. Óskar Jónasson (the director of Reykjavik-Rotterdam) has carefully written and created an Icelandic romantic comedy that pulls all the right strings and comes off as a very entertaining Icelandic film.


  • Domestic Premiere: Unkown
  • International Premieres:
    • Sweden: 31st January 2016 (Goteborg Film Festival)


Icelandic comedies are far and few between, but the concept is promising


Light, easy and very entertaining – In Front of Others is a conventional romantic comedy set in Reykjavik. 


Fans of Icelandic cinema will surely like this one too. 

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In the film we follow our protagonist Hubert, a shy and introverted man who has difficulties communicating with others. When he meets Hanna (Hafdís Helga Helgadóttir), he resorts to mimicking the likes of the Icelandic president, his Italian-obsessed friend Fridrik (Hilmir Snær Guðnason, 101 Reykjavik) and Hanna’s father (Pálmi Gestsson). As their relationship develops the mimicking takes over more of Hubert’s persona, and Hanna eventually grows tired of his effort to please her through these jokes. As the mimicking begins to threaten the relationship, it is up to our hero to overcome his growing addiction and win Hanna once and for all.

In Front of Others is a charming romantic film, with two very likable and believable characters in the forefront. They pull off an excellent chemistry between one another, enough so that there were some teary eyes towards the end of the film. In Front of Others also has some truly funny moments, and Hanna’s dad stands out as one of the more comedic characters, along with Hubert’s Italian-obsessed best friend.

Overall, In Front of Others is an entertaining and fresh addition to contemporary Icelandic movies, and is easy enough watching that it will be popular with foreign film audiences.




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.

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