Honor of the House/Ungfrúin góða og húsið

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 pm & Saturday, December 5, 3 pm

Directed by Guðný Halldórsdóttir (1999). Adapted from a 1933 story by Iceland’s Nobel Laureate, Halldór Laxness, Honor of the House is directed by his daughter. A sumptuously photographed period film featuring many of Scandinavia’s finest actors and set in a spectacular landscape, the film reveals a family’s darkest secrets. Þuríður, who is married with children, is consumed with frustration and unhappiness, while her younger sister Rannveig recklessly cavorts around Copenhagen. Endlessly chiding her sister about the family’s honor, Þuríður goes to extraordinary lengths to destroy Rannveig’s happiness. The story is evocatively recounted by their mother who expresses her deep sorrow for not initially intervening. 110 min.