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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - 20.28 july

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Category: Edition 2018

Every summer, on the Westman Islands, just outside of Iceland, there is a huge football tournament for kids. This year ten-year-old Jon goes with his team to compete. Jón discovers a whole new side of himself as a football player and finds that he can take on more responsibility than he ever imagined. In fact, when the boys witness Ívar, a player in one of the opposing team, getting roughed up by his father Tóti, the otherwise lighthearted and adventurous football tournament turns into a dramatic rescue mission where they try to save Ívar from his father. Jón and Ívar, sworn enemies on the field, go together on an emotional journey with both dramatic and exciting consequences and find a friendship that will endure.

Category Official Competition
Section Elements +10
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 97'
Production Year 2018
Nationality Iceland
Directed by Bragi Thor Hinriksson
Screenplay Gunnar Helgason, Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, Ottó Geir Borg
Based on the book "Víti í Vestmannaeyjum"
by Gunnar Helgason
Director of photography Agust Jacobsson
Editor Gudni Halldórsson
Main cast Lúkas Emil Johansen
Róbert Luu
Ísey Heidarsdóttir
Viktor Benóný Benediktsson
Jóhann G. Jóhannsson
Óli Gunnar Gunnarsson
Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir
Produced by Anna Vigdís Gísladóttir, Thorhallur Gunnarsson

 regista Bragi Thor HinrikssonBRAGI THOR HINRIKSSON
Bragi Thor Hinriksson is an accomplished award-winning Icelandic film director. He has directed six feature length films, four of which have enjoyed enormous box office success locally in Iceland with domestic box office numbers rivalling the likes of Harry Potter, Toy Story 3 and Avatar.

Director's statement
The Falcons is my most challenging film so far and combines heart, strength and character. It’s a story of dreams, expectations and strong friendship. It’s been a great privilege directing young impressive talents playing football in this spectacular landscape.


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