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A red-headed child and an old man with a beard stare each other down over a chessboard set out on a kitchen table.


  •   Ninna Pálmadóttir
  •   Iceland, Slovakia

Forced off of his cherished farm and lifelong home in the remote reaches of rural Iceland, Gunnar arrives in the bustling heart of the city. Adrift in this unfamiliar urban landscape and lacking the social skills to connect, his days are spent in quiet observation of the city’s people and its myriad spaces. Then he’s confronted by an endlessly inquisitive neighborhood paperboy, Ari, who insinuates himself into Gunnar’s life. Together, these two misfits forge a unique cross-generational bond that confounds everyone around them.

Palmadóttir’s gentle and moving debut is a potent tale about the transformative power of friendship and the profound impact of the connections we forge, regardless of age or stage in life. Protests advocating for a refugee denied asylum form a pivotal backdrop to Gunnar’s journey, offering a stark reminder of the world’s complex and often unjust realities and the need for genuine kindness.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Ninna Palmadóttir and producer Elli Cassata


New Directors Program Sponsors

Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

Event Information

Friday, October 13, 2023

  •   75 minutes
1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States



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