Whale Valley

15 min.DK/Short fiction

Set on an isolated farm in Iceland, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who accidentally interrupts his older brother's suicide attempt. His brother makes him promise not to tell their parents, and the film examines the relationship between the two brothers in the aftermath using images of rugged scenery to express the young boys' inner turmoil and feelings of isolation.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Hvalfjordur
Danish title Hvalfjord
Keywords Brothers, Iceland, Loneliness, Suicide
Director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Screenplay Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Producer Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Anton Máni Svansson, Darin Mailand-Mercado, Jacob Oliver Krarup
Director of Photography Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson
Editor Anders Skov
Sound Gunnar Óskarsson
Appearances Áugúst Örn B. Wigum, Einar Jóhann Valsson
Production country Iceland, Denmark
Production company Fourhands Film, Fræ Films
Domestic distribution Fourhands Film
International sales Magnetfilm International Sales / Ilsensteinweg 35 / 14129 Berlin / t 49 (0)163 80 10 753 / georg.gruber@magnetfilm.de / http://magnetfilm.de
Danish festival release 27.08.2013, Café Biografen (Odense), Odense Filmfestival


Production company Fourhands Film, Fræ Films
Domestic distribution Fourhands Film


Direction Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson


Script Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson


Producer Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Producer Anton Máni Svansson
Producer Darin Mailand-Mercado
Producer Jacob Oliver Krarup
Co-producer Rúnar Rúnarsson


Cinematography Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson


Editing Anders Skov


Sound Gunnar Óskarsson


Appearance Áugúst Örn B. Wigum
Appearance Einar Jóhann Valsson

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Best Short Fiction 2013 Warsaw International Film Festival 2013
Special Mention 2013 Chicago International Film Festival 2013
Golden Starfish for Best Short Film 2013 Hamptons Film Festival 2013
Best European Short Fiction 2013 Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 2013
Best Short Fiction 2013 Reykjavik Film Festival 2013
Golden Spike Award 2013 Giffoni Film Festival 2013
Special Mention 2013 Cannes, Festival de 2013

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 2016-10-11
Seattle International Film Festival 2014-05-15
Göteborg International Film Festival 2014-01-24
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2013-11-07
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2013-10-30
Warsaw International Film Festival 2013-10-11
Hamptons Film Festival 2013-10-10
Chicago International Film Festival 2013-10-10
Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival 2013-10-08
Reykjavik Film Festival 2013-09-26
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2013-09-20
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2013-09-19
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2013-08-26
Melbourne Film Festival 2013-07-25
Giffoni Film Festival 2013-07-19
Sydney Film Festival 2013-06-05
Cannes, Festival de 2013-05-15
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