Pity the Lovers

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Sweden | 2019 | 102 minutes | Maximilian Hult

Two unlucky-in-love brothers, a veterinarian, a conceptual artist, and two goth 13-year-olds named Danni are just a few of the characters that makes up the ensemble of this charming Icelandic film about longing, love, and growing up.


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These two Icelandic brothers are unlucky in love, but in completely different ways: Oskar (Bjorn Thors) is a sad sack whose only real friend is his dog, Otto, while Maggi (Joel Ingi Saemundsson) is a Lothario who just can't seem to lock it down. Neither can figure out what is wrong, since all their friends seem to be pairing off and getting married. And now the brothers are back to living together, as Oskar has swapped his downtown condo for his father and stepmother's large suburban house, and Maggi is sans apartment after yet another breakup. Maybe they can boost each other up. Soon, Maggi's confidence rubs off on his brother, who finally gathers up the courage to ask out Anna (Sara Dogg Argeirsdottir), a longtime school friend-turned-veterinarian, while Maggi starts to learn that there's more to a fulfilling relationship than just another sexual conquest. Add to the mix a bizarre conceptual artist, two goth 13-year-olds named Danni, and a house that's falling apart, and you have this charming ensemble drama about longing, love, growing up, and what makes us human.

Director Biography
Born and raised in Stockholm, Maximilian's filmmaking journey began in his early teens with his parents' video camera. Upon graduating high school, he went straight to film school and has since worked in many sectors of film before beginning to write and direct his own material. His feature debut Hemma was screened and awarded at several prestigious international film festivals including Busan, Mannheim-Heidelberg, and Grand Prix in Prague.

Sponsored by Seattle - Reykjavik Sister City Association, The Walls Vineyards

  • Original Language Title: Vesalings Elskendur
  • Director: Maximilian Hult
  • Principal Cast: Bjorn Thors, Joel Ingi Saemundsson, Sara Dogg Argeirsdottir, Sigurthur Karlsson, Hafdis Helga Helgasdotter
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Sweden, Iceland
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Producer: Anna G Magnusdottir, Anders Granstrom
  • Screenplay: Maximilian Hult
  • Cinematographers: Tomas Orn Tomasson
  • Editors: Stefania Thors
  • Music: Sunna Gunnlaugs
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Hemma (2015)
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Littlebig Productions