Heartstone | Denver Film Society | Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson | Iceland

Heartstone

Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson

IcelandicEnglish SubtitlesIceland2016129 min

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Overview

Set against the breathtaking grandeur of the East Fjords region of Iceland, this coming-of-age drama about the emotional and sexual awakening of two teenagers is distinguished by the sensitive performances first-time writer-director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson draws from his young cast.

Thor and Kristjan are best friends, roaming the desolate open spaces of their homeland, catching fish and wasting time when not dealing with their dysfunctional families. Despite outwardly boorish behavior, the two boys share an obvious tenderness toward one another. When the younger boy, Thor, makes halting romantic overtures toward a local girl, Kristjan tries to follow suit, attempting in vain to court her friend—but soon his true feelings for Thor himself are revealed. As the unforgiving Icelandic winter approaches, the boys struggle to come to terms with the revelation.


Sponsored by The Center, Out Front, Will LaBahn

Producer: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Jesper Morthorst, Lise Orheim Stender, Anton Máni Svansson | Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud | Cinematographer: Sturla Brandth Grøvlen | Screenwriter: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Cast: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir, Jónína Pórdís Karlsdóttir
Additional Countries: Denmark

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