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Jed and Chloe are in their early twenties, in love, and mentally handicapped. When Jed accidentally causes the death of Chloe's cat, she retreats into silence and loses her will to live. Convinced that there must be something else in life to give it meaning, something that will help revive Chloe's spirit, Jed sets out to find it. Led to believe that a dealer, Max, knows the precious answer, Jed enters the eccentric world of this solitary man. In spite of the friendship that develops between them, Max remains tight-lipped, even after Chloe falls into a coma and Jed begs him to tell him the secret. All that Max reveals is the tragedy that haunts him. In a moment of raw catharsis, Jed realizes that he himself knows what he's been looking for.

Original Title NICELAND
Category Official Competition
Section Y Gen
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 87'
Production Year 2004
Nationality Denmark, Germany, Iceland, United Kingdom
Directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Screenplay Huldar Breidfjörd
Script Huldar Breidfjörd
Director of photography Morten Søborg
Editor Anders Refn, Sigvaldi J. Kárason
Production Design Arni Páll Jóhannsson
Costume Design Helga Stefansdottir
Sound Kjartan Kjartansson
Music Mugison
Main cast Gary Lewis (Max)
Martin Compston (Jed)
Gudrun Bjarnadottir (Chloe)
Peter Capaldi (John)
Kerry Fox (Mary)
Timmy Lang (Alex)
Produced by Skúli Fr. Malmquist, Thor S. Sigurjonsson

niceland regFridrik Thor Fridriksson

Fridriksson started his carrier with several experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980’s. As a director, Fridriksson gained international recognition with his second feature CHILDREN OF NATURE (1991) which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film. He co-wrote with two of Iceland’s most acclaimed novelists and script-writers Einar Már Gudmundsson (CHILDREN OF NATURE, ANGELS OF THE UNIVERSE, MOVIEDAYS presented at the GFF 1995) and Einar Kárason (WHITE WHALES, DEVIL’S ISLAND, FALCONS). Fridriksson founded his production company The Icelandic Film Corporation in 1987. The company has built a network of co-production partners, including Lars von Trier’s Zentropa and Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope.


Director’s statement

“My brother-in-law died a few years ago. He also suffered from Down Syndrome. The reason of his death had nothing to with his disability, it could have happened to anybody. During this period of grief and confused feelings I read the script of NICELAND for the first time. I felt challenged to make this film. To make it with honesty and respect for its characters”.

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