Dreamland / Draumalandið
Thorfinnur Gudnason, Andri Snaer Magnason, Iceland, 2009.
Directed by: Thorfinnur Gudnason, Andri Snaer Magnason
Producer: Sigurdur Gisli Palmason, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir, Hrönn Kristinsdóttir, Thor Sigurjonsson, Hlin Johannesdóttir
Production company: Ground Control Productions
Cinematography: : Thorfinnur Gudnason, Gudmundur Bjartmarsson, Hjalti Stefánsson, Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Editing: Eva Lind Höskuldsdottir
Music: Valgeir Sigurdsson
Running time: 80'
'Dreamland' is a film about a nation standing at a crossroads. Leading up to Iceland’s greatest economic crisis, its government started the largest megaproject in the country’s history: to build the biggest dam in Europe. Under the mantra of economic growth, the dam was to provide Alcoa with cheap electricity for an aluminium smelter in the rugged east fjords of Iceland. Today, Iceland is left holding a huge debt, facing an uncertain future. This documentary is a Self Help Manual for a Frightened Nation.
Thorfinnur Gudnason is a documentary filmmaker of genuine talent, being Iceland’s most established filmmaker in the field. He has made award-winning documentaries with worldwide distribution. Thorfinnur graduated from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1987. He began his career working for the Icelandic Broadcasting Company and worked for years as a cinematographer, editor and producer.
Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s most celebrated young writers. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays before directing the documentary 'Dreamland' (2009). His work has been published or performed in more than 25 countries. His novel, 'LoveStar' was chosen 'Novel of the year' by Icelandic booksellers in 2002, it received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize.
Location and screening schedule: Dance center, Wednesday, October 20th at 18.00