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Godland Vanskabte Land

  Hlynur Pálmason

  Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden     143 minutes


In the late 19th century, arrogant if naïve Danish priest Lucas travels to Iceland, then a colony of Denmark, to establish a remote parish for homesteaders and convert the locals to Christianity. To reach his outpost, Lucas must traverse the harsh foreign landscape—a grueling journey for which he is decidedly ill-suited. Although local guide Ragnar has been hired to ensure the entourage’s safe passage, Lucas can’t help but treat the Icelander with contempt. Recalling the grand thematics, foreboding landscapes, and existential angst in the best work of Werner Herzog and Ingmar Bergman, the film builds to an inexorable clash between the imperious outsider and the wary locals. Inspired by a collection of wet plate photographs of rural Iceland taken by a priest in the late 1800s, Godland is a forceful, inspired critique of the destructive impact of the colonial endeavor.


58th Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo and Silver Hugo: Best Cinematography. Learn more…

 Danish, Icelandic with subtitles 

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This film contains scenes of animal violence.

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Film Credits

  •   Katrin Pors, Anton Máni Svansson, Eva Jakobson, Mikkel Jersin
  •   Hlynur Pálmason
  •   Julius Krebs Damsbo
  •   Frosti Friðriksson
  •   Maria von Hausswolff
  •   Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Vic Carmen Sonne, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Waage Sandø, Hilmar Guðjónsson
  •   Björn Viktorsson, Kristian Eidnes Andersen
  •   Alex Zhang Hungtai
  •   Snowglobe, Join Motion Pictures, Maneki Films, Garagefilm International, Film i Väst


International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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The Great Silence Den Store Stilhed

  Katrine Brocks

  Denmark     95 minutes


In this haunting tale of love, deceit, and forgiveness, Alma is a novice living a secluded life in a convent. As she is preparing to take her perpetual vows to become a nun, her estranged brother Erik comes knocking. After a stint in prison, the emotionally wrecked recovering alcoholic wants to claim what is rightfully his—a share of the family inheritance, which Alma has already gifted to the order. When it becomes clear that Erik wants to extract more from her than money, Alma must decide how far she is willing to go to ensure his silence and keep their dark shared history from coming to light. Dynamic, commanding performances by Kristine Kujath Thorp (Ninjababy) and Elliott Crosset Hove (Godland) propel this tension-filled drama toward an explosive conclusion.


58th Chicago International Film Festival Roger Ebert Award. Learn more…

 Danish, Norwegian with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Pernille Tornøe
  •   Marianne Lentz, Katrine Brocks
  •   Nikoline Løgstrup
  •   Oskar Arnfred
  •   Mia Mai Dengsø Graabæk
  •   Kristine Kujath Thorp, Elliott Crosset Hove, Karen-Lise Mynster
  •   Anders Ankerstjerne
  •   Johan Carøe
  •   Emily Nicoline Quist, Victor Cunha
  •   Monolit Film ApS

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