A White, White Day

A White, White Day

Iceland | 2019 | 109 min. | Hlynur Palmason

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In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes' Critics' Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason "engages in storytelling that's both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch" (The Hollywood Reporter).

Synopsis courtesy Film Movement

"[A] tale of spellbinding and perturbing beauty."—Leonardo Goi, MUBI

"A White, White Day, Hlynur Palmason's bold follow-up to his striking debut Winter Brothers, demonstrates a keen awareness of genre film tropes, taking an ordinary tale of vengeance and choking any sense of pulp or melodrama out of its veins, leaving only the psychological journey of one man trying to make sense of a world that offers no answers."—Alex Lines, Film Inquiry

"The Oscars should have made room for the intense and elemental A White, White Day."—Mike D'Angelo, AV Club


Make it a virtual double feature! Watch Hlynur Pálmason's debut film Winter Brothers, opening April 17, via the Grand Illusion.

  • Director: Hlynur Palmason
  • Principal Cast: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir, Elma Stefania Agustsdottir
  • Country: Iceland, Denmark, Sweden
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 109 min.
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes