11 interesting Icelandic films

Like the weather at the edge of the Arctic Circle, Icelandic cinema is gloomy, harsh and has a Nordic character. The pictures of the northerners are thoughtful, often flavored with black humor, perfectly convey the atmosphere of life in a changeable climate, amaze with breathtaking landscapes and introduce the viewer to the original color of the island, where it is easy to believe in legends about trolls, elves and ghosts. Here is a list of the best Icelandic films that you can watch in Russian to get a few screen hours in the land of ice.

Lost in the Ice (2018)

The pilot of a plane crashed in the Arctic survives alone in the icy desert. One day, a helicopter crashes before his eyes. Of the two crew members, a girl survives, but she is badly injured and unconscious. Caring for another person makes the hero of the film act and together they go to seek help. What the travelers will have to go through is incomparable with human capabilities and strengths, but an unshakable will and faith in themselves leads them to salvation.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Arctic

Genre:  
Drama, adventure

Actors:  
Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smaradottir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk…

Country:  
Iceland

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:  
12+


Oath (2016)

The next film, shot in Iceland, is a must see for fans of dark psychological thrillers. The eldest daughter of a respected cardiac surgeon gets hooked on drugs and starts dating a petty criminal. The father is concerned about the fate of Anna and decides to frame her boyfriend in order to save her daughter from such a boyfriend. However, his plan fails and now the guy threatens that he will give Anna into sexual slavery if her father does not pay him a certain amount. Our hero comes up with a scheme that will help save the family from danger, but it is too risky.

Original title:
Eidurinn

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Balthasar Kormakur, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Hera Hilmar …

Country:
Iceland, UK, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Metalist (2013)

A family of Icelandic farmers is grieving the loss of their 16-year-old son. Parents find solace in church and everyday work. And the youngest daughter Hera takes over the hobbies of her dead brother. During his lifetime, the guy was a fan of heavy metal . Hera finds a guitar in his room and starts experimenting with the same music. However, with her rebellious character and antics, the girl gives a lot of trouble to others.

Original title:  
Málmhaus

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Tora Bjorg Helga, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Halldour Geirhardsdouttir …

Country:  
Iceland

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1


Noah is a white crow (2003)

The list of the best films produced in Iceland will continue with an interesting project by musician Dagur Kari, who has become not only a director, but also a composer for his drama. Before us is the Icelandic hinterland, hidden under a layer of snow. Noah lives here – a kind, but strange and unpredictable guy. The young man does not fit into the accepted social framework, nor into the local way of life. He has a dream – to leave his native land with the city girl Iris.

Original title:
Nói albínói

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Thomas Lemarkus, Trostur Leo Gunnarsson, Elin Hansdottir…

Country:
Iceland, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Virgin Mountain (2014)

Fuzi is a little over forty. He works at the airport, lives with his mother and is interested in the history of World War II . He is a laconic, good-natured and shy big man. The man never had a relationship with a woman and did not travel outside his city. One day, he meets the girl next door, and his mom and her boyfriend give Fuzy a dance pass . These two events radically change the habitual way of life of a single man.

Original title:  
Fúsi

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Gunnar Jonsson, Ilmur Kristjaunsdouttir, Sigurjoun Kjartansson…

Country:  
Iceland, Denmark

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4


101 Reykjavik (2000)

Hlinur, a 25-year-old slacker, lives with his mother in a modest dwelling on unemployment benefits. The man leads a wild life, gets drunk on weekends and once a week meets with a rich Icelandic girl who does not give him a pass. One day, the mother brings her friend Lola, who works as a dance teacher, to the house, and she herself goes to visit relatives for a few days. From this moment, the life of the hero begins to change.

Original title:
101 Reykjavík

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Victoria Abril, Hilmir Snair Gvyudnason, Hanna Maria Karlsdottir…

Country:
Iceland, Denmark, France, Norway, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


White, white day (2019)

In Scandinavian harsh, meditative and laconic film about loneliness , love and pain. In the center of the plot is the story of the head of the Icelandic police . Recently, a man’s wife died and he was left with his daughter and granddaughter. The hero is trying to heal his broken soul, but here and there hints emerge that his wife was cheating on him. The man is obsessed with the idea of ​​knowing the truth.

Original title:
Hvítur, hvítur dagur

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Ida Mekkin Hlinsdottir, Hilmir Snair Gvyudnason …

Country:
Iceland, Denmark, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Angels of the Universe (2000)

The top Icelandic films will continue with a highly rated biographical drama based on Einar Gudmundsson’s novel about a man’s struggle with madness. Talented young artist Paul has mental problems. After the parents of the girlfriend forbid them to see each other, the guy becomes uncontrollable, identifies himself with Van Gogh and ends up in a psychiatric hospital . Here Paul makes friends: Oli, who is sure that he wrote the songs of the Beatles, and Victor, who imitates Adolf Hitler. Together, the guys make regular sorties and once visit the president himself.

Original title:
Englar alheimsins

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Baltasar Kormakur, Hilmir Snair Gvyudnason …

Country:
Iceland, Norway, Germany, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Black’s Game (2012)

The dark thriller is an adaptation of the novel by Stefan Money, based on real stories. The film tells about the changes that took place in the underworld of Iceland in the late 90s. Events are developing in Reykjavik. In the center of the plot is Thor Stebby, who became a drug dealer in order to pay off his debts. A man participates in mafia showdowns , he sits down on his goods, robs and becomes a witness to brutal reprisals.

Original title:
Svartur á leik

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Thor Kristjansson, Johannes Höykur Johannesson, Damon Younger…

Country:
Iceland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7


About horses and people (2013)

The plot of the Icelandic film consists of five stories that happened in a small settlement in the Great Icelandic Valley. These stories will tell about people and their attachment to horses , about what place these beautiful animals occupy in the culture and lifestyle of Iceland . The drinker Vernardur, the fisherman Gensis, the good-natured Joanna and the seeker of faith Juan have one thing in common – they all adore horses and cannot live without the emotions they receive from them.

Original title:  
Hross í oss

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Charlotte Byuving, Johan Pall Oddson …

Country:  
Iceland, Germany, Norway

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
16+


Abyss (2012)

Disaster movie , based on real events, introduces the viewer to the fisherman Guli. It was the most ordinary day when the hero went to the open sea. However, not far from the coast, the ship capsized and the crew members ended up in icy water. All the fishermen died, except for Guli. The man was left alone, but did not give up. After long hours in cold water, he made his way to the volcanic island, where he continued to fight for his life.

Original title:  
Djúpið

Genre:  
Action, drama

Actors:  
Olavyur Darri Olafsson , Joey Johannsson, Stefan Hallur Stefansson …

Country:  
Iceland

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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