101 Reykjavík, screened with Family Reunion/Gódir gestir

Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 pm & Saturday, November 14, 3 pm

Directed by Baltasar Kormárkur (2000). Named after a postcode of the Icelandic capital center, where the main narrative takes place, this is the story of the geek Hlynur. Approaching 30, he still lives with his mother, downloads cyberporn and wanders around Reykjavík half-heartedly searching for a job while spending lots of time in Kaffibarinn, the central Reykjavík bar. Hlynur lives in a blissfully ignorant and isolated world until his mother’s friend Lola arrives for an extended visit. Lola is a Spanish flamenco instructor with a seductive smile, a sultry voice and a carpe diem attitude. She’s also in love with Hlynur’s mother, Berglind. An enigmatic character, Lola quickly becomes the center of the household dynamic when, after a night of heavy drinking she and Hlynur sleep together. As Hlynur comes to terms with his mother’s love for Lola and his own feelings of inadequacy with her, the announcement that Lola is pregnant pushes him to the brink. Living under the same roof is next to impossible for all three, but gradually Hlynur begins to see life differently. 92 min.

Preceded by Family Reunion/Gódir gestir

Directed by Ísold Uggadóttir (2007). Family Reunion/Gódir gestir is a modern-day coming out story about a young Icelandic woman living two separate lives. Katrín, a sculptor in NYC is headed from grungy Chinatown back to pristine Iceland for her grandfather’s 70th birthday. 21 min.