As a 12 year-old, Hera (an award-winning performance by Thorbjörg Helga Thorgilsdóttir) witnessed the tragic farming accident that killed her older, beloved brother. But it is as if the heavy metal loving Baldur never left her, as Hera takes on her brother’s identity, claiming his wardrobe, record collection and electric guitar. Now a rebellious teenager, dreaming of a rock star future and immersing herself in a music subculture that does not exist in her sleepy town, Hera finds it impossible to wrench herself away from the links to Baldur. But the time has come for Hera to make some tough choices. Childhood friend Knútur returns from the city intent on marrying her and a young priest moves into the quiet farming community. The rugged, isolated beauty of Iceland is a fitting backdrop to this powerful family drama of loss and grief. Despite the steely title, beautifully nuanced performances enhance this quietly compassionate film that respects the sounds of heavy metal, without turning up the volume.
Málmhausø Drama ø 2013 ø 97 mins ø LANGUAGE: Icelandic & Norwegian ø DIR: Ragnar Bragason ø CAST: Thorbjörg Helga Thorgilsdóttir, Ingvar E. Sigurösson, Halldóra Geirharösdóttir ø Iceland
An impeccably crafted and beautifully performed film...twitchfilm.com
Winner - 2014 Edda Awards: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, best sound, best original score, best make-up
Official Selection - 2013 Toronto IFF ø 2014 Gothenburg IFF ø 2014 Istanbul IFF ø 2014 Prague IFF ø 2014 Rotterdam IFF
All non-English films screen with English subtitles.
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