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Ágúst Guðmundsson

The Seagull's Laughter (Mávahlátur)

Edition 2002
102' - 2001 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: Icelandic, Danish
Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson With: Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ugla Egilsdóttir, Heino Ferch
At the beginning of the fifties, Freya returns home from the United States where her American husband has died some time before. Now she moves back into the family house in a small village near Reykjavik. Her arrival turns the quiet fishing community upside down. The mysterious and lovely Freya doesn’t hide the fact that she is aware of her obvious feminine assets, and that she is determined to take advantage of them to the fullest. Her charms enchant not only the young policeman but the majority of the male population, but Freya aims a bit higher – Björn Theodor, one of the local bigwigs, soon to be wed to the mayor’s daughter. The engagement is no obstacle for her. Her activities are closely followed by her cousin, eleven-year-old Agga, who suspects her of the worst possible crimes. Who exactly is Freya? A Viking heroine? A fairy queen? A murderer? The goddess of love?

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Ágúst Guðmundsson


Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ugla Egilsdóttir, Heino Ferch


Ágúst Guðmundsson

Director of Photography

Peter Joachim Krause


Henrik D. Moll


Kristín Atladóttir

More information


Icelandic, Danish

Countries of production

Iceland, United Kingdom, Germany



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