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    99 min

    • Icelandic


    Cannes IFF - Directors' Fortnight

    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.


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    • Best Directing Award, Transilvania IFF
    • Candidate for Best Foreign Language Film, Iceland, at the Academy Award
    • FIPRESCI Prize, Reykjavik IFF
    • The Church of Iceland Award, Reykjavik IFF
    • Best Long Feature, New Cinema FF
    • AQCC Prize, New Cinema FF
    • Best Film / European Features Competition - Bradford IFF


    Theódór Júlíusson
    Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir
    Rúnar Rúnarsson
    Sophia Olsson
    Jacob Schulsinger
    Kjartan Sveinsson

    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.



    Rúnar Rúnarsson’s film is neatly, simply and elegantly constructed

    Mark Adams, Screen Daily

    Well-rounded characters and an overall tone reminiscent of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Runar Runarsson's drama is a love story observed with tenderness that never compromises its truthfulness.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    Rúnar Rúnarsson

    Rúnar Rúnarsson


    That feeling of standing on the edge of a cliff and having to reach the other side. When a character has to make an important decision or is forced to act, for better or for worse, he sets off big changes in his life. It's not just fiction. We all have to go through a transitory period like this.

    Born in Reykjavik Iceland, Rúnar Rúnarsson graduated from the Danish Film School in 2009. He returned to Iceland to direct VOLCANO (2011), his first feature film. Rúnar is an acclaimed screenwriter and director, with around 90 International awards under his belt for his previous films. His film SPARROWS (2015) was awarded the Golden Shell at the 63rd San Sebastián IFF. His latest work is the film ECHO (2019), which had its world premiere at Locarno FF.

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