The Honour of the House

Guðný Halldórsdóttir

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Original title Ungfrúin góða og Húsið
DIRECTOR Guðný Halldórsdóttir
PRODUCER Umbi Films, Pegasus
DOP Per Kjellberg
SCRIPT Guðný Halldórsdóttir
SOUND Nalle Hansen, Julien Naudin, Sigurður Hr. Sigurðsson
MUSIC Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
EDITOR Lárus Ýmir Óskarsson
RELEASE 1999
LENGTH 98
GENRE Drama
CAST Ragnhildur Gísladóttir, Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Björn Floberg

Synopsis

Based on a short story by Nobel-prize winner Halldór Laxness, the movie tells the story of a complicated relationship between two sisters. A hypocritical and selfish older sister holds power over her younger, unselfish and humanitarian sister by hiding the shame of her younger sister's secret, with the purpose of upholding the aristocratic status of their name and household.

Director

Gudny Halldorsdottir (b.1954, Reykjavík) studied at the London International Film School from 1981-l983 after working in the field since l976. After film school she founded her own production company, Umbifilm, and focused mainly on screenwriting and producing. After her fist feature screenplay and production, Message to Sandra (l983, dir.Kristin Palsdottir), she moved on to produce Agust Gudmundsson's feature Golden Sands. A year later she was back with her own company with a new script, Stella's Vacation (l986) which she produced as well. Her debut feature as film director was in l989, when she directed Under the Glacier which was based on Nobel-prizewinner Halldor Laxness's novel. The film was well received and won awards including the Filmlense in Lübeck and the silver Dolphin in Troia, and was distributed all over the world. Her second feature, The Men's Choir, was shot in Iceland, Sweden and Germany in l992 and premiered the same year. The film was well received and has established Gudny in many European countries. She directed Honour of the House in 1999. It is based on one of her father's (Halldor Laxness) novellas and opened in Iceland in the autumn 1999, and opened internationally in early winter 2000. Her last feature is the Quite Storm from 2008. In between features Gudny has written a considerable amount of material for television, mainly comedy.

Honors

Edda Awards, 1999 - Film of the Year, Director of the Year, Actress in a leading role (Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir), Make-up achievement of the year (Ragna Fossberg) and Film Score of the Year (Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson). Oscar Academy Award, 1999 - Iceland´s contribution to Foreign film of the Year
 

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