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Whale Valley
Archived: Whale Valley - Hvalfjörður (2013)

director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

With: Ágúst Örn B. Wigum, Einar Jóhann Valsson, Valdimar Örn Flygenring, Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir, Júlíus Sigmar Konráðsson, a.o.

duration: 15 minutes
Short, Family

Shorts - Nordic Cinema
Film Fest Gent - Whale Valley

The film shows a pure love story between two brothers who live in a remote Icelandic fjord with their parents. When the younger brother, a little boy, witnesses a life or death moment involving his big brother it sets in motion the possibility of either a great tragedy or a turning point to better times in the brothers' lives.

In the 2013 edition of Film Fest Ghent, this short won the award for Best European Short. This year director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson also presents his debute feature Heartstone. "My intention with Whale Valley was to show pure love between two brothers who live in a remote fjord. I wanted to show how their upbringing and surrounding effected them. I seek my inspiration from the contrast in the Icelandic nature, the great beauty and harshness and also the inner turmoil of a child/person who has no words for his feelings." (Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson)


director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
producer: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
screenplay: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Editor: Anders Skov
Cinematography: Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson
sound: Gunnar Oskarsson

production company: FRÆ kvikmyndir

More info

dialogue: Icelandic
subtitles: Eng subt.
Country: Denmark - Iceland
year: 2013


GUOMUNDUR ARNAR GUOMUNDSSON: Þröng sýn (2005, short), Jeffrey & Beth (2009, short), Whale Valley (2013, short), Ártún (2014, short), Heartstone (2016).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,85

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