Denmark | 2022 | 143 min. | Hlynur Pálmason

February 10 - 16, 2023

A young Danish priest travels to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and photograph its people. But the deeper he goes into the unforgiving landscape, the more he strays from his purpose, his mission and morality.

Presented in partnership with the Seattle-Reyjavik Sister City Association.

The struggle between the strictures of religion and our own brute animal nature plays out amid the beautifully forbidding landscapes of remote Iceland in this stunning psychological epic from director Hlynur Pálmason. In the late nineteenth century, Danish priest Lucas (Elliott Crosset Hove) makes the perilous trek to Iceland’s southeastern coast with the intention of establishing a church. There, the arrogant man of God finds his resolve tested as he confronts the harsh terrain, temptations of the flesh, and the reality of being an intruder in an unforgiving land. What unfolds is a transfixing journey into the heart of colonial darkness attuned to both the majesty and terrifying power of the natural world.

  • Director: Hlynur Pálmason
  • Principal Cast: Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Vic Carmen Sonne, Jacob Lohmann, Hilman Guðjónsson
  • Country: Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 143 min.
  • Producer: Katrin Pors, Anton Máni Svansson, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin
  • Screenplay: Hlynur Pálmason
  • Cinematographers: Maria von Hausswolff
  • Editors: Julius Krebs Damsbo
  • Music: Alex Zhang Hungtai
  • Filmography: A White, White Day
  • Language: Danish, Icelandic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Janus Films
  • International Sales: New Europe Film Sales