Under the Tree (Undir trénu, Iceland-Poland-Denmark 2017)

At first, I was under the misapprehension that Under the Tree was a follow-up to Rams (2015), the Icelandic film that became a surprise arthouse hit in the UK in 2016. I was wrong. Under the Tree is a different writing and directing team. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson wrote and directed the film with Huldar Breiðfjörð as… Read More Under the Tree (Undir trénu, Iceland-Poland-Denmark 2017)

BIFF 2012 #10: Volcano (Eldfjall, Iceland/Denmark 2011)

Volcano is a recognisable Nordic drama, harrowing in parts and occasionally uplifting – never sentimental, always intelligent. As several trade reviewers jokingly put it, this isn’t a ‘date movie’ – but for older audiences it will ring very true or perhaps start some re-evaluations of family relationships. At the beginning of the film Hannes is… Read More BIFF 2012 #10: Volcano (Eldfjall, Iceland/Denmark 2011)