Tag Archives: Iceland

WOMAN AT WAR (2018): New Trailer Starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada…

Woman At War (2018), Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir
Woman At War (2018), Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir

Co-written and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, in new action / drama / thriller, Woman At War, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir is Halla, a woman on a risky mission to prevent the local aluminium industry from disfiguring her beloved country, Iceland.

Unexpectedly, Halla’s situation changes with the arrival in her life of a small orphan girl…

I’m in because this is a better than average trailer and I simply want to know more about Halla as well as find out how she came to the decision to risk everything.

The action / thriller element looks like fun and I cant wait to see all the ways she manages to avoid getting caught.

Woman At War Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (US)…

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UNDER THE TREE (2017): New Trailer For Icelandic Drama About Warring Neighbours…

Under The Tree (2017), Þorsteinn Bachmann
Under The Tree (2017), Þorsteinn Bachmann

In Under The Tree, a.k.a. Undir Trénu, a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs in Iceland unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.

Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson;  Under The Tree stars Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir and Sigurður Sigurjónsson star…

I’m drawn to this one because it reminds me of the highly entertaining, yet far from mature behaviour of full grown adults in Carnage (2011).  May it be as fun and funny as I anticipate.

Under The Tree Release Dates: July 6th, 2018 (US), August 10th, 2018 (UK)…

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BOKEH (2016): The Thing I Liked… ?

Bokeh (2016), Maika Monroe
Bokeh (2016), Maika Monroe

Written/directed by Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan, drama/sci-fi Bokeh is the story of a young couple on a romantic getaway to Iceland. Whilst there, they wake up one morning to find that everyone on earth has disappeared except for the two of them.

As intriguing as the premise is, I must admit that within 30 minutes of watching  Bokeh, I was moved to pause proceedings so I could decide whether moving forward with the movie was worth it. What else could I do when I was failing to find the two main characters played by Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary particularly interesting; at least not interesting enough for me to want to spend more time with them.

I’d really hoped that the story would have been adequately engaging. You know, something akin to the likes of Z For Zachariah (2015)a film with a vaguely similar plot. Since that wasn’t the case and what was happening proved especially disappointing, thanks to one or two moments when my disbelief could not be completely suspended, at approximately 24 minutes in, I aborted.

The question of whether I quit too early did come to mind. Yet, I don’t believe so. Have you seen/tried to see Bokeh? If so, please do share your experience in the comments below.

Lastly, in terms of what I actually liked about the one-third of Bokeh that I saw… Well, I love the name Maika and I want to visit Iceland at some point in the future.

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BOKEH (2017): New Trailer Starring Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary…

Bokeh (2017), Maika Monroe, Matt O'Leary
Bokeh (2017), Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Bokeh (2017).


Contemplate this: You’re on a romantic getaway to Iceland with your love, and whilst there, you wake up to find that everyone on earth has disappeared except for the two of you. What next?

Written/directed by Geoffrey Orthwein, Andrew Sullivan, and starring Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary and Arnar Jónsson, what Bokeh, seems to be offering is a very intriguing sci-fi drama…

I’m drawn to this because somehow I think I’ll learn something that will help me survive, should such a predicament come to pass in my lifetime. I’m also just very curious and keen to see how different this will be compared to the seemingly similar Z For Zacharaiah (2015).

For everyone wondering, the meaning of ‘bokeh’ is ‘the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens’. It is not a town in Iceland, as my lousy geography and non-photographer status first led me to believe.

Bokeh Release Dates: March 24th, 2017 (US)…

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