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What could be more exotic than whale watching in the bay of Reykjavik? A group of 10 embark on an observation boat for what should have been a peaceful excursion to discover the Icelandic wild. But the boat breakdowns and the group is transferred to a whaler. Reykjavik has all of the features of a black humour slasher movie. But it is much more than that. Its ultra-realistic cinematography and under lying social context places this film at the outskirts of social drama. If you need another good reason to see this movie, you’ll find it in Gunnar Hansen, aka Leat her face in Tobbe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Question is: will you recognise him?

Júlíus Kemp

Júlíus Kemp studied film makingin the UK where he made the short film Happy Birthday in 1991. Júlíus left college to work as edit or on Children of Nature(1991) by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. He was a co-founder of the Icelandic Film Company in 1991 and co-wrote, co- produced and directed his first feature film, Veggfó!ur erótískástarsagain1992.Hewonseveralprizesforhis short films Bardinn (1982) and Ak-Rek-Ak (1987). In November 1997 his film Blossi/810551 was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Academy Awards. In1998, he made the short film The Happy End.With Robert

  1. Douglas, he produced and shot The Icelandic Dream

(2000), and released A Man like me (2002).


Country: Iceland

Year: 2009

Duration: 1hr 24

Version: Icelandic, subtitled in French and English

Cast & Credits

Director: Júlíus Kemp

Producer: Gisli Gislason, Ingvar H. Thordarsson

Screenplay: Sjon Sigurdsson

Cinematography: Jean-Noël Mustonen

Editing: Sigurbjorg Jonsdottir

Music: Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson

Cast: Gunnar Hansen, Helgi Björnsson, Nae Yuuki