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    Heartstone

    Hjartasteinn

    Directed by

    Iceland, Denmark

    2016

    129 min

    • Icelandic

    Drama

    Venice Days

    A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

    Awards

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    • Queer Lion - Venice IFF
    • Best Director, Special Mention for Baldur Einarsson - Warsaw FF
    • Silver Alexander (Special Jury Award) - Thessaloniki IFF
    • Don Quijote Award - Tromsø IFF
    • Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award for European Feature Films - Angers FF
    • Saftas/Erasmus Award for a European Feature (Screenplay Readings) - Angers FF
    • The Lorens Award for Best Producer - Göteborg FF
    • Best Icelandic Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Editing - Edda Awards
    • Best Actor (Blær Hinriksson), Best Supporting Actress (Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir) - Edda Awards
    • Jury Award, Best Debut - Belgrade IFF
    • Audience Award - Crossing Europe
    • The Europe Award - Zlín FF
    • Best Directing Award, The Audience Award - Transilvania IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Molodist Kyiv IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Baldur Einarsson
    Blær Hinriksson
    Diljá Valsdóttir
    Katla Njalddottir
    Screenplay
    Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
    Cinematography
    Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
    Editing
    Anne Østerud
    Janus Billeskov Jansen
    Music
    Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
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    Press

    A delicate and heartfelt story of friendship that successfully conveys the problems of an age at which it sometimes seems like your worst enemy is yourself.

    Vittoria Scarpa, Cineuropa

    Guðmundsson maps the subtle, even subconscious, strain this development places on the relationship with tact and intelligence, aided by the open, naturally expressive performances of his two young leads.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    A well-acted, visually atmospheric debut that shows promise, casting a soulful gaze on awkward-age upheavals.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    Gudmundur  Arnar Gudmundsson

    Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson

    Iceland

    I want to make films that influence the audience.

    Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1982. He has a Fine Arts Degree from the Icelandic Art Academy and studied screenwriting in Denmark. He now works as a filmmaker and a part time teacher in screenwriting, directing and video art.

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