Hlynur Pálmason confirms the promise of his award-winning debut ‘Winter Brothers’ with this spellbinding and darkly humorous new drama about a stoic grandfather whose emotional reserves are pushed to their limits.

Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur
Director: Hlynur Pálmason
Cast: Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Sigurður Sigurjónsson
Duration: 109 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland

MMature themes, violence, sex, coarse language and nudity

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A White, White Day

★★★★
“Mesmerising. There is no other word for it, it is mesmerising. This film is a singular experience.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS – SCREEN

★★★★
“A strikingly original film, as suspenseful as any conventional thriller. Boasts a pair of amazing central performances – you are unlikely to forget the characters of the grandfather and granddaughter in this film. They are the heart and soul of a very fine production.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

“Something really quite extraordinary. Immensely arresting, intensely audacious and original.”
Jonathan Romney, FILM COMMENT

★★★★
“Superb. The film fairly ravishes the senses.”
Paul Byrnes, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/THE AGE

★★★★
“Stunning. It never ceases to exert a grip.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

“A powerful exploration of the emotional ledger of guilt and redemption. Sigurdsson won best actor at Cannes’ Critics’ Week for this hard shell performance of slowly crumbling self-assurance. Opposite him for much of the film, lighting up the screen, is Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir as Ingimundur’s eight year old granddaughter Salka, a character who Pálmason uses as both foil and catalyst. There’s much power in this tender portrayal of adult despair, and the hope found in responsibilities shouldered, not shirked.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

★★★★ 1/2
“Staggeringly beautiful. Really something special… This film demands the big screen.”
CJ Johnson, ABC LOCAL RADIO

★★★★
“Glorious. A film of stunning beauty and dark enjoyment. This is a moving piece of art and I cannot think of a better welcome back to the cinema.”
Cris Kennedy, THE CANBERRA TIMES

★★★★
“Brilliant. A masterclass in structural tension. It’s a moving, poignant story, that packs an emotional punch. I implore you to see it.”
Wenlei Ma, NEWS.COM.AU

“Fascinating… full of closely observed faces and majestically framed landscapes. A superb psychological puzzle worth piecing together.”
Justin Chang, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

★★★★★
“Marvellously conceived and sustained. It’s rare to experience a film which is just so sorted in every respect. Remarkable.”
Trevor Johnson, LITTLE WHITE LIES

“Genius! I’m convinced that “A White, White Day” is the work of one of the most important voices of this emerging generation, arriving at a stage where we have yet to learn his language.”
Peter Debruge, VARIETY

★★★★
“A gripping and moving portrait of damaged masculinity and desperate devotion. Sigurdsson’s bony bear of a patriarch is a towering creation, a simmering performance.”
Nick Hasted, THE ARTS DESK

“Visually arresting and emotionally rewarding. A perfectly controlled sense of place permeates every frame.”
Lisa Nesselson, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

“Strong stuff. Pálmason engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and freshly thought out, marking him as a talent to watch.”
Todd McCarthy, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Excellent. A darkly comic and virtuousic film boasting an outrageously rich and nuanced central performance.”
Rory O’Connor, THE FILM STAGE

OFFICIAL SELECTION (ICELAND) – 2020 ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – 2019 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – Best Actor (Critics’ Week)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2019 KARLOVY VARY INTL. FILM FESTIVAL

The major Scandinavian success story of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and Iceland’s Official Selection for the 2020 Oscars, writer/director Hlynur Pálmason confirms the considerable promise of his multi award-winning debut Winter Brothers with this spellbinding and darkly humorous new drama about a stoic grandfather whose emotional reserves are pushed to their limits.

Former police chief Ingimundur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) has struggled ever since he lost his wife to a tragic accident two years earlier. Busying himself with the task of renovating a homestead in the remote Icelandic wilderness, he finds solace in time spent with his spirited young granddaughter, Salka (Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir). But when Ingimundur begins to suspect a local man may have had an affair with his late wife, his detective instincts kick in, fuelling behaviour that becomes increasingly unpredictable…

Anchored by Sigurdsson’s towering, white-hot lead performance, a visceral score from Edmund Finnis and utterly breathtaking cinematography by Maria von Hausswolff, Pálmason’s gripping and powerful tale of unconditional love is an unforgettable big-screen experience, and not to be missed.

MORE…
[watch] Margaret Pomeranz reviews “A White, White Day” for Foxtel Arts – Screen (09/07/20)

[watch] David Stratton reviews “A White, White Day” (24/06/20)

“Love and revenge pierce the Icelandic fog in A White, White Day” writer/director Hlynur Pálmason with Sydney Morning Herald/The Age‘s Stephanie Bunbury (03/07/20)

“White days, broken men: A Conversation with Hlynur Pálmason” – Notebook (18/06/19)

[Watch] Hlynur Pálmason at the Cannes Film Festival (17/05/19)


A White, White Day