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by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson


Gunnar, a sociologist in his fifties who has written countless self-help books, lives in a beautiful house his wife with Dísa. Despite his expertise, their relationship is on the rocks and their attitude towards one another is becoming increasingly resentful and bitter. Their 25-year-old son and only child, David, comes back from a holiday with a new girlfriend, Sunna. Sunna is pretty, smart, polite and on the face of it, the perfect daughter in law. However, on meeting Sunna, Gunnar is forced to face a dark secret. Although his life’s work has been to instruct others on how to work through their problems, he seems incapable of dealing with his own dilemma. He starts to act strange and does all he can to sabotage his son’s relationship with Sunna. However, inch by inch, the noose tightens and finally he is forced to reveal his secret. Sunna is Gunnar’s daughter from a brief love affair he had when Dísa was pregnant with David. When his lover became pregnant he ended the relationship and hasn’t been in contact with his daughter since. Now, the secret is out.

international title: The Homecoming
original title: Blóðberg
country: Iceland
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
film run: 100'
release date: IS 5/04/2015
screenplay: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
cast: Hilmar Jonsson, Harpa Arnardóttir, Hilmir Jensson
cinematography by: Elli Cassata
film editing: Frosti Runólfsson
music: Atli Örvarsson
producer: Rakel Gardarsdottir, Agusta M. Olafsdottir
co-producer: Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir, Ingibjörg Pálmadóttir
production: Vesturport
distributor: Vesturport


main awards/selection

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 

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