Land and Sons/Land og synir, screened with Slavek the Shit

Thursday, October 1, 6:30 pm & Saturday, October 3, 3 pm

Directed by Ágúst Guðmundsson (1980). The ties that bind can also be broken, but not without a struggle. This captivating drama offers an insightful depiction of the generation gap between a father and son. Although the son works on the farm with his father, who knows no other life, his desire for change grows stronger as both the men age. After the father dies, the son stays on the farm with his fellow workers, torn between an inner drive to live in the city and the loyalty he still feels for his upbringing. Land and Sons/Land og synir was the first major Icelandic film supported by the Icelandic Film Centre. 94 min.

Preceded by Slavek the Shit

Directed by Grímur Hákonarson (2005). Slavek is an elderly caretaker of a public lavatory and is proud of his job. He becomes anxious to see more and more automatic toilets installed in town. Then something changes. He falls in love with a woman toilet caretaker who is working on the other side of the street. Slavek the Shit, Hákonarson’s graduate film, was selected for the Cinéfondation section of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2005. 15 min.