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Iceland | 2016 | 129 minutes | Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

In a remote fishing village along the majestic, jagged Icelandic coast, two teenage boys experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend.

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Adolescence is usually a lonely, difficult experience, but living on the far edge of a rocky island, far out on the outskirts of Europe, has to make the ordeal feel even more confusing and cruel. It's summer in eastern Iceland, and 14-year-old Thor (Baldur Einarsson) and Kristjan (Blaer Hinriksson) are practically inseparable as they try to find ways to pass the time on the bleak landscape. They, like a lot of teenage boys, spend their days wrestling, smashing things, making up games, and hurling casual homophobic insults. Once they catch the eye of two local girls in the village, however, this fragile equilibrium begins to break down and Kristjan, the taller and more protective of the two, becomes increasingly jealous of Thor's time spent with his new girlfriend. As tensions mount, Kristjan's unrequited feelings for Thor begin to cross the line between friendship and romantic love. With neither boy equipped to understand or express their conflicting emotions, they drift apart and threaten to deepen rifts within the village community. Director Guthmundur Arnar Guthmundsson's debut feature captures the dreamlike state of this universal rite of passage, echoing the boys' roiling moods through the spectacular but forbidding scenery. Heartstone is a gripping portrayal of an oft-covered coming-of-age story, providing a fresh perspective on the meaning of sexual identity, friendship and the loss of innocence.

Director Biography

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson is an Icelandic filmmaker. He has been writing, directing, and producing short films since 2005 with "Prong Syn". Heartstone (2016) is his first feature-length film.

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  • Original Language Title: Hjartasteinn
  • Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
  • Principal Cast: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir, Søren Malling
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Iceland, Denmark
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 129 minutes
  • Producer: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Jesper Morthorst, Lise Orheim Stender, Anton Máni Svansson
  • Screenplay: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
  • Cinematographers: Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
  • Editors: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anders Skov, Anne Østerud, Andri Steinn
  • Music: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Göteborg 17 (The Lorens Award), Dallas International Film Festival 2017 (Special Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • International Sales: Films Boutique, Danish Film Institute, Icelandic Film Centre