COLD FEWER "The best Icelandic-Japanese road movie of 1995."

A road movie set in Iceland directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson which had its premiere at Sundance. The screening will be followed by a discussion with producer Jim Stark.

"Mystery Train was invited to the Reykjavík Film Festival. Jim, not being a big Festival guy, didn’t want to go, but I’d always been fascinated by Iceland, so we asked if they’d invite the producer. They would have taken the gaffer, because not so many people come up to Iceland, so off I went. The airport’s about 40 minutes outside Reykjavík, and the landscape is this sort of unbelievable moonscape of lava fields. I’d never seen anything like it. For somebody who does road movies, it was like a billion dollars in free production design. By the time I got into town I really wanted to make a movie there. I’d enjoyed working with Masatoshi Nagase on Mystery Train and somehow these two ideas got entwined in my head: I thought, I’m going to do a movie about a Japanese guy who comes to Iceland and goes on the road! Anyway, I had a good experience collaborating with Fridrik Fridriksson, but that was my only writing experience until I met Bent Hamer, who already had this idea to film Charles Bukowski’s Factotum."

Jim Stark



A Japanese businessman travels to Iceland and has a series of misadventures while venturing to a remote area to perform a traditional burial ritual where his parents died several years back.

Directed by: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Script: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Jim Stark
Cinematography by: Ari Kristinsson
Edited by: Steingrímur Karlsson
Producer: Jim Stark              
Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Lili Taylor, Fisher Stevens

USA, Japan, Iceland, Denmark, Germany
83 min.