The first Icelandic three-minute documentary film was shot in 1906 by Alfred Lind. It was the beginning of a number of enigmatic, philosophic and self-absorbed Icelandic movies. During the 20 century there were a few wonderful Icelandic directors such as Loftur Gudmundsson with his The Adventures of Jon and Gvendur, Ágúst Gudmundsson with his film Land and Sons. One of the best Icelandic films was Children of Nature (Börn náttúrunnar – 1991) by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, which was nominated for an Academy Award as the Best Foreign Film and was shown all over the world. Recently we can see a powerful range of the best Icelandic movies from new directors such as Baltasar Kormákur (101 Reykjavik, Jar City, White Night Wedding, Hafið and A Little Trip to Heaven), Dagur Kári (Noi the Albino) and Ragnar Bragason (Children, Parents). The main theme of most Icelandic movies is the contrast between traditional and modern society, its past and present and its unknown future.

Rating: 7 out of 10 (1183 votes)

Napapiirin sankarit

A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip on life. Janne wasn't even able to buy a digital TV box that Inari had given money for. Inari gives an ultimatum: a digital box needs to arrive by dawn or she leaves. Janne sets out into the night with his two friends to find a box. On their way to the city of Rovaniemi, Janne and his friends face many challenges, obstacles and temptations. They learn that they need to be daring. There's no room to give into bitterness. The most important thing isn't success, but rather the journey in itself.

Rating: 4.9 out of 10 (738 votes)

Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre

An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control.

Rating: 6.8 out of 10 (1653 votes)

The Good Heart

A bartender takes a young homeless man in under his wing.

Rating: 7.9 out of 10 (5 votes)


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Rating: 6.1 out of 10 (1409 votes)

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Halfway between a sports documentary and an conceptual art installation, "Zidane" consists in a full-length soccer game (Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005) entirely filmed from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

Rating: 5.8 out of 10 (4767 votes)

The Last Winter

The American oil company KIC Corporation is building an ice road to explore the remote Northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seeking energy independence. Independent environmentalists work together in a drilling base headed by the tough Ed Pollack in a sort of agreement with the government, approving procedures and sending reports of the operation. When one insane team member is found dead naked on the snow, the environmentalist James Hoffman suspects that sour gases may have been accidentally released in the spot provoking hallucinations and insanity in the group. After a second fatal incident, he convinces Ed to travel with the team to a hospital for examination. However, weird events happen trapping the group in the base.

Rating: 6.2 out of 10 (110 votes)

Maður eins og ég

A postal worker has some lunch in a chinese restaurant and falls in love with the waitress, who happens to be chinese. They start dating and quickly fall in and out of love, the waitress returning to China. The young man looks for comfort in his father, but he's to occupied with winning the Eurovision song contest. After listening to looser friends talk about what Silvester Stallone would do in his situation, the postal worker decides to buy a ticket to China and follow his love to her home.

Rating: 7.8 out of 10 (24123 votes)

Breaking the Waves

Drama set in a repressed, deeply religious community in the north of Scotland, where a naive young woman named Bess McNeil meets and falls in love with Danish oil-rig worker Jan. Bess and Jan are deeply in love but, when Jan returns to his rig, Bess prays to God that he returns for good. Jan does return, his neck broken in an accident aboard the rig. Because of his condition, Jan and Bess are now unable to enjoy a sexual relationship and Jan urges Bess to take another lover and tell him the details. As Bess becomes more and more deviant in her sexual behavior, the more she comes to believe that her actions are guided by God and are helping Jan recover.

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