|Original title||Norð Vestur, björgunarsaga|
|DIRECTOR||Einar Þór Gunnlaugsson|
|PRODUCER||Einar Þór Gunnlaugsson|
|DOP||Jóhannes Jónsson, Arnar Steinn Friðbjarnarson|
|SCRIPT||Einar Þór Gunnlaugsson|
|EDITOR||Einar Þór Gunnlaugsson|
North West tells the amazing story of one of the biggest rescue operation Iceland has seen after a huge avalanche hit a small fishing village, Flateyri, 26. of October 1995. Before an outside help reached Flateyri the locals were on their own during the first five hours, searching and digging up their neighbors, friends and relatives and organizing the rescue. Many obstacles, such as storm and further danger of avalanches, were on the way as rescue teams nation wide, helicopters and ships tried to find their way to Flateyri. This snow avalanche was on of the deadliest in Iceland’s history, and the 1995 is memored as being the most costly in human lives in recent, local history of natural disasters. This story is told by rescuers, media people, the former president of Iceland, and survivors who some were under the snow for 9 hours.
Einar Thor Gunnlaugsson, born in Flateyri village in northwest part of Iceland, graduated from The London Film School with a distinction in directing in 1992. He had studied at the University of Iceland and at the University of Malaga, Spain, from 1988 to 1990, and later continued his academic studies at City University in London were he completed his MA in 2001 in cultural studies. After film school he appeared as an actor in number of short films in London and took on the lead role in a United Nation's (UNHCR) music video, 'Hate & Destruction' in 1994. He has also produced and written over ten radio program's for the Icelandic National Radio, and from 1986 to this day, written dozens of articles for Icelandic newspapers and magazines on culture, politics and media. His feature films include “The Third Name”, “Small Mountain” and documentary “66°23 North West.”