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Godland

Godland - a film by Hlynur Pálmason
Godland - a film by Hlynur Pálmason
Godland - a film by Hlynur Pálmason
Godland - a film by Hlynur Pálmason
Godland - a film by Hlynur Pálmason
SCREENING AT MIFF (4-21 AUG) & NZIFF (28 JUL-5 SEP)
Godland - a film by Hlynur Pálmason
Astonishing. Jaw-dropping image after jaw-dropping image; ideas and pathos and hilarity too.
Guy Lodge
VARIETY
Visionary. An Arctic, art-house 'There Will Be Blood'. Pálmason is an artist, a cinematic original whose voice grows stronger and more certain with each film.
A knockout. This transfixing drama that plays out in unexpected ways, like a stark bulletin from another time. It's a work of majesty that exerts a powerful hold.
Outstanding. A masterful, magnificently shot story of natural wonder, elemental beauty and human folly.
A savage indictment of colonial arrogance that plays like Werner Herzog's 'Fitzcarraldo' crossed with 'There Will Be Blood', and suffers not at all for either comparison. There are images here of the Icelandic landscape that are as majestic as anything ever put to film.
Engrossing. An accomplished, ambitious work which has a Herzogian fascination with vast, unforgiving landscapes, hubris and madness.
Exceptional. Magisterial in the manner of 19th century epic novels and visually influenced by that era’s photography, Hlynur Pálmason’s third feature is a stunning, psychologically rich tale set against Iceland’s awe-inspiring landscapes. Will become a much-discussed art house release.
Exceptionally rewarding.
Spectacular, visceral and epic. A work of the highest order, looking in-depth at the crushing link between the millennial powers of nature and the gaping moral faults that are revealed when humans are pushed to their limits.
Director: Hlynur Pálmason
Cast: Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Vic Carmen Sonne, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir
Duration: 142mins
Country of Origin: Iceland
M
Mature themes, scenes of animal slaughter, violence and nudity
Astonishing. Jaw-dropping image after jaw-dropping image; ideas and pathos and hilarity too.
Guy Lodge
VARIETY
Visionary. An Arctic, art-house 'There Will Be Blood'. Pálmason is an artist, a cinematic original whose voice grows stronger and more certain with each film.
A knockout. This transfixing drama that plays out in unexpected ways, like a stark bulletin from another time. It's a work of majesty that exerts a powerful hold.
Outstanding. A masterful, magnificently shot story of natural wonder, elemental beauty and human folly.
A savage indictment of colonial arrogance that plays like Werner Herzog's 'Fitzcarraldo' crossed with 'There Will Be Blood', and suffers not at all for either comparison. There are images here of the Icelandic landscape that are as majestic as anything ever put to film.
Engrossing. An accomplished, ambitious work which has a Herzogian fascination with vast, unforgiving landscapes, hubris and madness.
Exceptional. Magisterial in the manner of 19th century epic novels and visually influenced by that era’s photography, Hlynur Pálmason’s third feature is a stunning, psychologically rich tale set against Iceland’s awe-inspiring landscapes. Will become a much-discussed art house release.
Exceptionally rewarding.
Spectacular, visceral and epic. A work of the highest order, looking in-depth at the crushing link between the millennial powers of nature and the gaping moral faults that are revealed when humans are pushed to their limits.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2022 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Un Certain Regard)
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2022 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL (In Competition)

Award winning writer/director Hlynur Pálmason’s much anticipated follow-up to his breakout hit A White, White Day is a stunning historical drama, inspired by the true story of a Danish priest who made a pilgrimage across a largely unexplored Iceland in the late 1800s.

Lucas (Elliot Crosset Hove), an idealistic but naive young Lutheran clergyman, is on his way to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and photograph its people. With the help of a translator and guide (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson), he must journey across the spectacular and dangerous terrain, littered with glaciers and rivers. But the deeper he goes into the unforgiving landscape, the more he strays from his purpose, the mission and morality.

Godland - a film by Hlynur Pálmason
SCREENING AT MIFF (4-21 AUG) & NZIFF (28 JUL-5 SEP)