A box-office smash for Ágúst Guðmundsson, one of Iceland’s most successful and acclaimed directors, Spooks and Spirits is a ghoulish comedy of manners and misunderstandings (and a haunting or two).
Living with her father, Ofeig, is challenging enough for successful, thirty-something actress Anna (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir) – especially given the fact that she has recently buried him. Even though Anna and live-in boyfriend Ingi (Gísli Örn Garðarsson) plan to sell the family home, the charming but egoistic, hard drinking, womanising Ofeig (played by the legendary Icelandic entertainer, Laddi) has no intention of crossing to the other side. Anna and Ingi want to move into a newer, bigger house in the suburbs – and the ideal place is on offer at an affordable price but Ofeig has different plans. He is determined to stay no matter what and one by one, prospective buyers are chased away by strange events.
When Ingi’s attempted exorcism goes horribly wrong and the spirit of a jealous former lover joins Ofeig, life becomes intolerable for the young couple. The dead lovers constantly bicker and finally Ofeig takes things one step too far.
(Not screening in Byron Bay and Perth)