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Directed by Hylnur Pálmason

Denmark, Iceland 2017 100 mins. In Danish, English

Punctuated with bursts of surrealism and bouts of dark humor, Pálmason’s compelling feature dives into the frozen world and striking landscape of a remote limestone mine. Seen through the eyes of Emil, an awkward, fragile man who can’t quite fit in, he struggles to find a place with his fellow miners—including his brother Johan—steals chemicals for his homemade moonshine, pines for his neighbor Anna, and obsesses over his M1 rifle. As he increasingly alienates those around him, retreating further into his own dark side, violence is inevitable. “An impressively original, auspiciously idiosyncratic debut, one that scratches away at truths about masculinity, lovelessness, and isolation that are no less true for being all but inexpressible.”—Variety. (100 mins.) In Danish with English subtitles.

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Reviews: Variety, Cinema Scope, Hollywood Reporter, Criterion Daily

Interviews: Cineuropa

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