Based in a small fishing village in Iceland, Heartstone is making a big splash on the international film scene. Debuting at Venice Days, a competitive and autonomous section at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, the film has recently been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. Heartstone will compete for the FIPRESCI Prize in the “Discovery” section of the festival, which is dedicated to new and emerging directors. The festival takes place from September 8 through 18 in Toronto, Canada.
The film was written and directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson and is his first feature film. The coming-of-age story follows two teenage boys, Thor and Christian, over a turbulent summer where one attempts to win the heart of a girl, while the other realizes his true feelings toward his best friend. The film plays off the natural beauty and climate of Iceland using the turn from summer to winter to symbolize the transition from childhood to adulthood.
The film’s cast brings a mix of old and new talent. Heartstone stars up-and-coming actors Baldur Einarsson, Blaer Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir, Jónína Thórdís Karlsdóttir, Rán Ragnarsdóttir, Daníel Hans Erlendsson, Theodór Pálsson and Sveinn Sigurbjörnsson. The younger cast is supported by veteran actors: Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Søren Malling and Gunnar Jónsson.
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