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. While Thor suffers from absentee parenting, Christian’s drunken and abusive father is, unfortunately for him, all too present. 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. (Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
GUÐMUNDUR ARNAR GUÐMUNDSSON was born in 1982 in Reykjavík. He has a degree in fine arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and studied screenwriting in Denmark. For his short film Whale Valley, he received a Special Mention in the Official Competition of the Cannes International Film Festival and a nomination for the European Film Awards. Heartstone is his debut feature. // Films (selection): Þröng sýn (2005, short), Jeffrey & Beth (2009, short), Whale Valley (2013, short), Ártún (2014, short), The Mad Half Hour (2015, short), Hjartasteinn (Heartstone, 2016)

CROSSING EUROPE Audience Award - Best Fiction Film 2017
2017: CROSSING EUROPE Audience Award - Best Fiction Film
Competition Fiction 2017
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Denmark / Island 2016
129 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Cinematography Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Editing Anne Østerud, Janus Billeskov Jansen
Sound/Sounddesign Peter Schultz
Music Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
With Anton Máni Svansson, Lise Orheim Stender, Jesper Morthorst (SF Studios, DK), Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Join Motion Pictures, IS)
Producer(s) Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir
SF Studios Wildersgade 8 1408 Copenhagen K Denmark production@sfstudios.dk www.sfstudios.dk
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

CROSSING EUROPE Audience Award - Best Fiction Film 2017
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