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Arc 1950 Coproduction Village

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Volcano (Eldfjall)

Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson

  • Iceland 2011; 99 min
  • Original version: Icelandic
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Directing Award, Transilvania IFF
    • Candidate for Best Foreign Language Film, Iceland, at the Academy Award
    • FIPRESCI Prize, Reykjavik IFF

  • Cannes IFF - Directors' Fortnight

  • From the director of SPARROWS presented at Arc 1950 Coproduction Village


The coming of age story of a 67 year old man. When Hannes retires from his job as a janitor the void that is the rest of his life begins. He is estranged from his family, hardly has any friends and the relationship to his wife has faded. Through drastic events, Hannes realizes that he has to adjust his life in order to help someone he loves. Eldfjall is a love story about dealing with the choices of the past and the difficulties of the present in order to embrace the future.

Director's Statement

An old fashioned man, who cannot express his love, is someone most of us, if not all, know. Volcano is more than a coming of age story of a 67 year old man, who cannot show his emotions. Volcano is also a story about a family and how three generations deal with their past, present and future. All of the main characters in the film have some flaws, no one is perfect. People who love, suffer, get by. Blindly they try to find an outlet for their emotions. Their love. The path can be rocky when you have armored your heart with distance, silence, anger. The script will not by itself carry the heat and weight of getting to the audience. The visual and audio storytelling are important tools to show emotions and facts and they will be carefully blended into the story. The narrative will have a certain real feeling and approach, but the simplicity of the sound and visual design will give the film a certain poetry.





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