The Reykjavik International Film Festival presents upcoming Icelandic releases

The Reykjavik International Film Festival is underway in the Icelandic capital, and among the festivities is the presentation of eight upcoming films that are either purely Icelandic, used Icelandic locations or Icelandic companies.

Here are the films presented at the festival.

A Reykjavik Porno (pictured) is the second film by Scottish director Graeme Maley, and tells the story of two couples clashing against the dramatic Icelandic landscape. Solveig kills her husband, who abuses their daughter, Molly flees her drunken husband, and they end up in the same house. A Reykjavik Porno is a Nordic-noir, Icelandic-Scottish feature. A curious student, disturbed by his encounters with online pornography, sets out on an ill-conceived search for revenge in the icy darkness of Iceland’s capital. Three days in the permanent winter darkness of Reykjavik, the freezing city provides a backdrop for a story of revenge. Ingvar, a country-boy living in the capital to study, lodges with an alcoholic landlady, Laufey. Her love for Ingvar is obsessive and hopeless; she is trapped by her drinking and her agoraphobia. Ingvar should be happy with the joyful sex with his exuberant girlfriend, Ada, but he becomes transfixed by the deceit and dirty secrets of a new “parent-porn” website. His obsession pulls him tragically into the dark underbelly of the winter city. A Reykjavik Porno premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival back in June and will have a local release sometime this year.

Iceland is not only the country with the most about of creatives per capita, but it also has the highest amount of films about creatives per capita as well. Icelandic Crime: Mystery of the Westfjords is by German director Till Endemann, who follows the story of an Icelandic crime novel writer who investigates the apparent accidental death of a school friend. Northern Experience by French director Gurwann Tran Van Gie follows a similar theme, following the impact of the Icelandic landscape on a writer and an artist.

When You Least Expect It comes from Estonian director Mart Kivastik and is a melodramatic comedy and love story between two lonely people.

Lastly, from an Icelandic director, Ransacked by Pétur Einarsson, who follows the 2008 collapse of the Icelandic banking sector, and how hedge funds, which bet on the crash, made millions in profits.

Between the 6th and 8th of October will be the RIFF Industry Days, which this year will be focusing on Icelandic film composers. There will also be a presentation of the Icelandic works-in-progress and a location vacation, in which they’ll spend six hours travelling around the locations used in Batman Begins (2005), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Game of Thrones (2011), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Interstellar (2014) and Noah (2014) – a tour I feel like all of us wish we could take!


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.