Films

Summer Children

Summer Children, "Sumarbörn"

International Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Two small children, Eydis ja Kari, are put in a bus and sent from the city to the countryside to an orphanage. Their mother tells the sister to take care of her younger brother and that’s what she does. But both of them are still too young and being away from home is not easy – especially when the teachers are severe and order strict. The only thought that helps the siblings is that they are there temporarily – there are children, who live there all year long and have no other place to go.

In time Eydis and Kari find new friends and adjust somewhat, but from every so often one of them irritates the teachers and gets punished. Their lively imagination and playful mind help them get through many difficult moments and after all they will go back home soon! But their mother isn’t coming and summer is almost over...

There is a delicate mix of fantasy and reality in this Guđrun Ragnarsdóttir’s enchanted debut. The story reminds us of The Brothers Grimm fairytales and is at the same time dark and hopeful. Empty and windy fields and sharp cliffs become characters of their own right and suddenly a large chunk of rock may come to life. Magical realism is infused into the film little by little and it’s up to the viewer to decide what is real and what is not. Eydis and Kari definitely believe.

Liisi Rohumäe

Gudrun Ragnarsdottir

is a writer/director living in Reykjavík, Iceland. After graduating as a Graphic Designer from Iceland Academy of the Arts she ran her own Advertising Agency, KRASS, until she moved to Los Angeles to make an old dream come true. She entered the directing/writing program at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) and graduated with an MFA degree in 1995. For the next few years she lived in LA, working on various projects, in films and advertising. After moving back to Iceland Gudrun has worked in television and films as well as teaching at local film schools. She has written and directed several shorts and documentaries. "Summer Children" (2017) is her first feature film.

Filmography

  • Sumarbörn (Summer Children, 2017)

Schedule

24.11.2017
18:00 - 19:54
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 081002
Guests (4)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Gudrun Ragnarsdóttir, Producer Anna Maria Karlsdottir, Producer Hrönn Kristinsdóttir, Cast Kristjana Thors
26.11.2017
18:45 - 20:29
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 100504
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Gudrun Ragnarsdóttir
27.11.2017
17:00 - 18:24
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 112001
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

First Feature Competition

Film info

Countries: Iceland, Norway
Year: 2017
Duration: 84 minutes
Language: Icelandic
Director: Gudrun Ragnarsdottir
Producers: Anna María Karlsdóttir, Hrönn Kristinsdóttir 
Writer: Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir
DOP: Ásgrímur Guðbjartsson
Montage: Davíð Alexander Corno
Composer: Kira Kira & Hermigervill
Cast: Kristjana Thors, Stefán Örn Eggertsson, Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir, Magnea B. Valdimarsdóttir, Margrét Birta Björgúlfsdóttir 
Productions: Ljósband efh, Filmhuset AS

Synopsis

Director

Two small children, Eydis ja Kari, are put in a bus and sent from the city to the countryside to an orphanage. Their mother tells the sister to take care of her younger brother and that’s what she does. But both of them are still too young and being away from home is not easy – especially when the teachers are severe and order strict. The only thought that helps the siblings is that they are there temporarily – there are children, who live there all year long and have no other place to go.

In time Eydis and Kari find new friends and adjust somewhat, but from every so often one of them irritates the teachers and gets punished. Their lively imagination and playful mind help them get through many difficult moments and after all they will go back home soon! But their mother isn’t coming and summer is almost over...

There is a delicate mix of fantasy and reality in this Guđrun Ragnarsdóttir’s enchanted debut. The story reminds us of The Brothers Grimm fairytales and is at the same time dark and hopeful. Empty and windy fields and sharp cliffs become characters of their own right and suddenly a large chunk of rock may come to life. Magical realism is infused into the film little by little and it’s up to the viewer to decide what is real and what is not. Eydis and Kari definitely believe.

Liisi Rohumäe

Gudrun Ragnarsdottir

is a writer/director living in Reykjavík, Iceland. After graduating as a Graphic Designer from Iceland Academy of the Arts she ran her own Advertising Agency, KRASS, until she moved to Los Angeles to make an old dream come true. She entered the directing/writing program at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) and graduated with an MFA degree in 1995. For the next few years she lived in LA, working on various projects, in films and advertising. After moving back to Iceland Gudrun has worked in television and films as well as teaching at local film schools. She has written and directed several shorts and documentaries. "Summer Children" (2017) is her first feature film.

Filmography

  • Sumarbörn (Summer Children, 2017)
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