People are always asking me to recommend Icelandic movies to watch so I thought I’d just write a post for everyone instead of answering the question privately a million times. Usually I recommend that people check out Icelandic Cinema Online, which is a great VOD service specializing in Icelandic movies, but below you can also find a few great options.
Angels Of The Universe
Angles of the Universe is probably my favorite Icelandic movie. It’s a story of young man and his struggles with a serious mental illness and the people in his life. It’s funny and sad and the characters are hilarious. The music in the movie is also really good, composed by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, and Sigur Rós made two songs specially for the movie.
The Sea tells the story of a dysfunctional (this is common theme in Icelandic movies actually) Icelandic family that is a big deal in the small fishing town they live in. It contains a lot of drama, a cooky grandma and bit of incest – everything a good movie needs.
Once upon a time 101 Reykjavík was the number one reason many people would visit Iceland. It tells the story of Hlynur, a typical 101 rat (what we used to call those who live in 101, now we call them hipsters or scarves), that is a bit lost in his life. His mom decides to come out as a lesbian one day and brings home her girlfriend and flamenco teacher Lola and as a result: Hlynur’s life will never be the same. Oh and Kaffibarinn, there’s a lot of Kaffibarinn in the movie.
Dreamland by Andri Snær Magnason is a documentary that addresses the importance of protecting the Icelandic nature and how we’ve not done a good job of it so far. It talks about the terrible things that happened when the Kárahnjúkar damn was built and how the aluminum giants influenced people to take bad decisions. It’s particularly important that people watch this movie again now because we have a government that seems to be willing to make the same mistakes again for a quick profit. The scene with the duck (goose?) and its eggs kills me.
Out of the five movies covered in this post Metalhead is the newest one. It’s about a girl that has a hard time coping with her brother’s death and is spinning out of control. The only thing she seems to enjoy: Metal Music. It may sound like an odd plot but it works and I actually really enjoyed this movie.