Accreditation
 
European Film Academy - Young Audience Award 2016 v Bratislave
Tuesday 19.04.2016

European Film Academy - Young Audience Award 2016 v Bratislave

Martin Žiaran, ASK
Tuesday 29.03.2016

Martin Žiaran, ASK

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Sunday 20.03.2016

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Bartosz Konopka
Wednesday 16.03.2016

Bartosz Konopka

EFA master class with Paco Delgado
Tuesday 08.03.2016

EFA master class with Paco Delgado

 

White Whales

Characters at the crossroads of tradition and modernity

White Whales is the first feature film directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. A comic and stylish dramatic thriller about the adventures of two whalers ashore in Reykjavík was not successful in Iceland, but gained more recognition abroad, including a Special Mention at Locarno International Film Festival in 1987.


Two whale hunters try to adjust to the city life once the whaling season is over. Unfortunately, the duo is like fish on dry land, and during a night in the town, they land in a heap of trouble after they are thrown out of one establishment after another. As events escalate, the two men break into a weapons shop and arm themselves with rifles for a confrontation with the police.

“The fate of the sailors-outsiders unemployed due to the ban on whales fishing, is juxtaposed with the figure of a unique white whale, a symbol evoking not only Moby Dick of Mellville, but first of all clashing the discourses of politics and ecology with 19th century Icelandic national symbols used over a hundred years earlier while fighting for the country’s independence.”
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The idea of a „reverse“ road movie - putting the heroes accustomed to the wild forces of nature into an urban landscape - is not only connected with the fascination by American culture, but also with local Icelandic stories. Through the two main antiheroes – “the white whales” – Fridriksson surpassed his reputation as a documentarist. 


Cast Maribel Eggert Gudmundsson, Þórarinn Þórarinsson | Directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson | Written by Einar Kárason, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson | Produced by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson |  Cinematography Ari Kristinsson | Editing Tómas Gíslason | 80´ | Iceland | 1987