White Whales

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

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Original title Skytturnar
DIRECTOR Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
PRODUCER Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
DOP Ari Kristinsson
SCRIPT Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Einar Kárason
SOUND Þorbjörn Ágúst Erlingsson, Þorvar Hafsteinsson
MUSIC Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Bubbi Morthens, Sykurmolarnir
EDITOR Tómas Gíslason, Jens Bidstrup
RELEASE 1987
LENGTH 80
GENRE Drama
CAST Eggert Guðmundsson, Þórarinn Óskar Þórarinsson

Synopsis

A whale-boat is making its final whaling tour of the season. It pursues and catches a whale, and then proceeds home. The men working on the boat have to find themselves different employment now that the season is over. Among the crew are two friends, Grímur and Bubbi. They are well- seasoned and experienced seamen of the kind that never puts down roots anywhere. Grímur is not the kind of man to allow much to set him off balance. When he arrives on land he heads directly for the capital where he intends to make a new start and get himself involved in the night life. With him is his faithful and rather troll-like companion, Bubbi. The film then mainly concerns itself with their efforts to make some kind of contact with what is going on in Reykjavik. Most of these attempts are pathetic: the two men are like fish on dry land. They land in all kinds of trouble, and are thrown out of one place after another. At the end of the film they break into a sports shop and arm themselves with rifles. As the police gather and surround them, they finally succeed in making their presence in the world felt. However, the turn of events is now completely out of control.

Director

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson started his film making carrier with a series of experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. In 1987, he founded The Icelandic Film Corporation, which has become Iceland's most important production company, producing Fridrikssons films as well as working with other Icelandic directors and producers. Through Fridriksson's international reputation the company has built a network of internationally well-established co-production partner companies, including Lars von Triers Zentropa and most recently, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope. As a director, Fridriksson gained international recognition and critical acclaim with his second feature Children of Nature (1991) which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.

Honors

Brussels, 1988 - Award: Selected for 1st International Film Prize / Locarno, 1987 - Award: Special Mention / Lubeck, 1987 - Award: 1st prize / DV Cultural Award, 1987 / The Icelandic entry for the Oscar, 1987
 

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