[VANSKABTE LAND] [VOLAÐA LAND]
Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason (A WHITE, WHITE DAY) crafts an anti-colonial fable for the ages with this 19th-century-set tale of a young Danish priest sent to establish a church in a remote community in Iceland (then a Danish colony). Lucas (Elliott Crosset Hove, WINTER BROTHERS) is an ambitious young man, seemingly unfazed by a mission that means traveling deep into the unforgiving Icelandic landscape with little understanding of the country's culture or people. Ill-informed, inexperienced and proud, Lucas is innately suspicious of his reluctant Icelandic hosts and feels particularly threatened by his guide Ragnar (Ingvar Sigurðsson, A WHITE, WHITE DAY), a hardy local with a deep knowledge of the terrain and a disdain for his naïve Danish charge. As the journey becomes more treacherous and the landscape more hostile, Lucas descends furiously into his own hubris and paranoia, and the men's mutual distrust devolves into a deadly battle of wills between colonizer and colonized. Winner, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize, 2022 San Sebastián International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2022 Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Telluride, Toronto and London film festivals. DIR/SCR Hlynur Pálmason; PROD Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors, Anton Máni Svansson. Denmark/Iceland/France/Sweden, 2022, color, 143 min. In Danish and Icelandic with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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