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by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson


It is a personal story, based on the director's own experiences as a young boy growing up in such a village – “A place full of contrast, where the sun shines for the longest time in the country over the summer and the shortest time over the winter; a place where young kids come to know animals, and often discover how nature and people can be both amazingly beautiful and incredibly cruel,” Gudmundsson observed. “As a kid and a teenager, I used to wish that I could show the grown-ups around me how our world really was. Now, as a filmmaker, I want to do that – portray youth in a truthful way, as these years reflect our lives in a very clear, beautiful and sometimes harsh manner.”

international title: Heartstone
original title: Hjartasteinn
country: Iceland, Denmark
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
film run: 130'
screenplay: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
cast: Søren Malling, Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir
cinematography by: Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
film editing: Anne Østerud, Janus Billeskov Jansen
art director: Hulda Helgadóttir
costumes designer: Helga Rós Hannam
music: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
producer: Jesper Morthorst, Lise Orheim Stender, Anton Máni Svansson
production: Join Motion Pictures, SF Film Production ApS
backing: Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute


main awards/selection

Venice Film Festival 2016

Venice Days
Warsaw Film Festival 2016 

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