FEATURE FILMS

OPENING NIGHT FILM

 

DISOBEDIENCE 

NÆR/when: Hósdag, 30/AUGUST

HVAR/where: Høllin, Norðurlandahúsið

KLOKKAN/time: 20:00 

ATGONGD/entrance: 95,-//Festival Pass

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Director: Sebastián Lelio

2017 | UK, Ireland, USA | 114 min

English, Hebrew | Danish subtitles

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola

FAROESE PREMIERE

Sebastián Lelio, director of the Academy Award-winning film A Fantastic Woman, adapted this stunning screenplay with the Academy Award-winning Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) as Ronit, and Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) as Esti in the leading roles.

Ronit, the hip and successful New York-based photographer, returns home to her Jewish Orthodox community in North London, after her father passes away. Her return is unexpected, feeling estranged from the religious faction, who shunned her decades earlier. She is reunited with her childhood friends, Dovid (Nivola) and Esti, to her surprise, are now married. While Dovid prepares to take over Ronit’s father’s position at the synagogue, the two women reconnect, rekindling old feelings and attractions. Their past stirs up controversy, which forces our three main characters to reevaluate personal values and beliefs, while feeling the pressure from the community.

With respect to personal religious conviction, Lelio modified this romantic drama through a story about personal growth and seeing the beauty in what separates us from our personal values, norms, religion and culture. The incredible performance grasps us in their raw, honest internal struggles between loss, freedom and obedience, and the external destruction; or maybe construction; through disobedience. (NA)

FIMFF invites everybody to a welcome drink, and some light bites sponsored by Gist & Vist, an hour prior to the opening-night screening. Following the screening, join us in SIRKUS Föroyar for complimentary drinks. 

 

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY 

NÆR/when: Fríggjakvøld, 31/AUGUST

HVAR/where: Perlan

KLOKKAN/time: 19:30 

ATGONGD/entrance: 80,-//Festival Pass

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photo by Agatha A. Nitecka

Director: Francis Lee

2017 | UK | 105 min 

English | Danish subtitles

Cast: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu

FAROESE PREMIERE

God’s Own Country starts out as a gritty piece of British realism, but develops into one of the most romantic films of last year. Youngster and Yorkshire farmer-to-be Johnny (O’Connor) suppresses his homosexual desires through violent outbursts and binge drinking. One day his father hires Romanian Gheorghe (Secareanu ) to help Johnny out on the farm and perhaps keep an eye on him. A taciturn romance evolves between the hunky migrant worker and the seemingly apathetic British slacker.

Many have noted the similarities between God’s Own Country and Ang Lee’s cowboy-romance Brokeback Mountain, which is no faulty comparison, but director Francis Lee has other ambitions than to tell us how hard it is to grow up in a homophobic community. Instead, he has created a heart-stirring, tear-jerking love story that takes its characters’ sexuality and emotions seriously. He manages to maneuver past clichés associated with both the queer film and the romantic drama exceptionally well. (BY)

Best Director Award- Sundance 2017 & Special Jury Award- Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Filmsfelagið co-screening

 

BAR BAHAR (In Between)

NÆR/when: Leygardag, 1/SEPTEMBER

HVAR/where: Perlan

KLOKKAN/time: 17:30 

ATGONGD/entrance: 80,-//Festival Pass

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Director: Maysaloun Hamoud

2016 | Palestine, France, Italy | 112 m 

Arabic, Hebrew | Danish subtitles

Cast: Mouna Hawa, Shaden Kanboura, Sana Jammalieh

Set in the busy city of Tel Aviv, two single Palestinian women are sharing an apartment and living a free-spirited lifestyle with sex, parties and alcohol. Laila (Hawa) is a successful lawyer and Selma (Jammalieh) is an aspiring DJ. When Nour (Kanboura) moves in; a reserved Muslim woman, the tension starts building. Challenging the limits and restrictions of freedom and independence, they are all stuck in between the traditions and culture imposed on them. Through their shared fight for truth and women’s rights in a culturally sense society, the three women seal a strong friendship with mutual love and respect for each other.

A fierce and modern feminist story about liberation and cutting the strings holding you back. A must-see film for all feminists out there. (NA)

 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME 

NÆR/when: Leygarkvøld, 1/SEPTEMBER

HVAR/where: Perlan

KLOKKAN/time: 21:00 

ATGONGD/entrance: 80,-//Festival Pass

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Director: Luca Guadagnino

2017 | Italy, France, Brazil, USA | 132 m 

Italian, French | Danish subtitles

Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ester Garrel

FAROESE PREMIERE

First love has never looked as beautiful as it does in Call Me by Your Name, an adaptation of André Aciman’s novel by the same name, the film everyone talked about at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale in 2017. We are very proud of presenting the Faroese Premiere of this riveting coming-of-age romance. A film hailed by critics across the world as simply being a true masterpiece and winning Best Adapted Screenplay, along with 4 more nominations at the Oscars.

It is a hot summer on the Italian countryside in 1983. Elio (Chalamet) is 17 years old, and lives with his family in a breathtaking villa. His day to day life is spent learning about art, reading, swimming, and partying. Everything changes when 24-year old Oliver (Hammer) arrives to live with the family. Oliver is charming, and is, like Elio, attractive, young and fascinatingly self-confident. The two of them are more and more drawn to each other over the course of the summer, and we are drawn into a dazzling love story in the beautiful surroundings. (-BY)

Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars 2018/ Nominated Best film, Best male actor, Best male supporting role at the Golden Globes 2018

 

Retrospective:

GO FISH 

NÆR/when: Sunnudag, 2/SEPTEMBER

HVAR/where: Perlan

KLOKKAN/time: 14:00 

ATGONGD/entrance: 80,-//Festival Pass

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Director: Rose Troche

1994 | USA | 84 m 

English | no subtitles

Cast: Guinevere Turner, V.S. Brodie, T. Wendy McMillan

Max (Turner) is struggling to find love. It has also been 10 months since she last had sex, something she is more than ready to do something about. When a friend tries to set her up with Ely (Brodie), her interest is slightly peaked, but she can’t get over the fact that Ely is far from her type. The saying says that opposites attract, but the question is if Max is able to see past Ely’s unappealing hippie look?

Director Rose Troche is a guest at the festival, and we are therefore screening Go Fish, which in the time after its release in 1994 has become a queer classic. This charming indie is often referred to as one of the most important films of the New Queer Cinema movement. Not only is it a milestone for cinematic representations of lesbian women, but it is also an entertaining and insightful film about beginning adulthood. (BY)

Guest: Director Rose Troche  

Teddy Awards winner for Best Feature Film 1994

 

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

AND BREATHE NORMALLY (Andið Eðlilega)

NÆR/when: Sunnukvøld, 2/SEPTEMBER

HVAR/where: Perlan

KLOKKAN/time: 20:00 

ATGONGD/entrance: 80,-//Festival Pass

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Director: Ísold Uggadóttir

2018 | Iceland, Sweden, Belgium | 100 m 

Icelandic, English, Creole | English subtitles

Cast: Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson

FAROESE PREMIERE

Walking through passport control in Keflavík airport, Adja meets Lara’s eyes for the first time when she hands over her fake passport. Lara (Haraldsdóttir) is in training as a border patrol officer, and Adja (Sadjo), a refugee from Guinea-Bissau. Little do they know in that moment, the important role they will play in each others’ lives. Lara is juggling building a career to be able to care for her son, while on the verge of homelessness. When everything seems to be falling apart, Adja appears, who is now seeking asylum in Iceland. While forming a powerful bond, each woman unexpectedly places the other on a stepping stone towards a hopefully better future.

Being Ísold Uggadóttir’s debut feature film, we are blown away by the simplistic cinematography, dialogue and extraordinary performance. This film leaves you speechless, with a lump in your throat, warmth in your chest, and an afterthought, which will last for days. I urge you to see this film. (NA)

Guest: Director Ísold Uggadóttir

Best Director Award at Sundance Film Festival 2018

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The official sponsor for this screening, The Consul General of Iceland, invites everyone to the closing night reception with a welcome drink before the screening.