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Volcano (Eldfjall)

Volcano (Eldfjall)
  • 2011
  • Denmark/Iceland
  • 99 min
  • Directed by: Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Cast: Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Theodór Júlíusson
  • Language: Icelandic

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Volcano marks a profoundly moving feature debut from acclaimed shorts filmmaker Rúnar Rúnarsson. There is an admirable emotional maturity in the way he handles cross-generational conflict and the notion that it is never entirely too late to seek redemption. Hannes has spent 40 years as a school caretaker in Reykjavík. Adrift in aimless retirement, he sinks further into misanthropy, alienating a family who only come to visit out of loyalty to their long-suffering mother Anna. When Anna suddenly falls ill, Hannes looks after her, showing glimpses of the caring human being that has been unseen for decades. Told with an acute understanding of the way we sometimes hurt the ones we love the most. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: European Cinema.

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