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Volaða land
2022 | 142 min | Historical Drama | Iceland, Denmark | Director: Hlynur Pálmason | Cast: Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Hilmar Guðjónsson, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann | Language: Icelandic, Danish with English subtitles

Award winning writer/director Hlynur Pálmason’s much anticipated follow-up to his breakout hit A White, White Day is a stunning historical drama of a Danish priest who goes on a pilgrimage across a largely unexplored Iceland in the late 1800s. 

Lucas (Elliot Crosset Hove, Wildland SCA21), an idealistic but naïve young Lutheran clergyman, is on his way to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and photograph its people. With the help of a translator and a guide (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, A White, White Day SCA19), he must journey across the spectacular and dangerous terrain, littered with glaciers and rivers. But the deeper he goes into the unforgiving landscape, the more he strays from his purpose, the mission and morality, with unexpected and shocking repercussions. 

Recalling such landmark films as Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God and P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, Pálmason captures the unwelcome priest’s perilous journey in haunting detail and artistry. With evocative cinematography that mirrors the characters’ obsession to document a strange new environment, their worlds, ideas and language collide with enthralling impact.

Extraordinary. I left the cinema dazed and elated by its artistry; it is breathtaking in its epic scale.
The Guardian
Göteborg Film Festival (In Competition) 2023
Cannes International Film Festival 2022
Best Film, Best Cinematography, Chicago International Film Festival 2022