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Heartstone Hjartasteinn

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson / Iceland / 2016 / 129 min / Icelandic

Facing adulthood and experiencing first love in a small rural community is as full of contrasts as the harsh nature of Iceland.

Facing adulthood and experiencing first love in a small rural community is as full of contrasts as the harsh nature of Iceland.

In a small village in rural Iceland, Thor and Christian are best friends whose home lives are unsatisfactory, to say the least. Thor is ruthlessly mocked by his elder sisters, while his mother can't be bothered to hide her frustration at having to sacrifice her pleasure for the sake of her children. Christian has a drunken and abusive father. When the two friends strike up romantic relationships with a pair of girls, the events that follow threaten to destroy the longest and most meaningful relationship either has ever had.

“A place full of contrast, where the sun shines for the longest time in the country over the summer and the shortest time over the winter; a place where young kids come to know animals, and often discover how nature and people can be both amazingly beautiful and incredibly cruel. As a kid and a teenager, I used to wish that I could show the grown-ups around me how our world really was. Now, as a filmmaker, I want to do that – portray youth in a truthful way, as these years reflect our lives in a very clear, beautiful and sometimes harsh manner.” (Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson)

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Born in 1982 in Reykjavik. Graduated from the Icelandic Art Academy. After graduation he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. His short films have been selected for more than 200 festivals and won over 50 international awards. His directorial feature debut, Heartstone, has won as many as nine Edda Awards bestowed by The Icelandic Film and Television Academy.

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