Hjartasteinn (Heartstone)

Feature Film Denmark Iceland 2016

In a remote fishing village on the coast of Iceland, Thor and Kristjan, two adolescents and inseparable friends, are preparing to spend the summer months together. Surrounded by unspoilt landscapes, under the dazzling sun that never sets, they kill time by fishing, hanging out at the sports field and wrecking cars abandoned in an open space. Out of boredom and curiosity, they are attracted towards the opposite sex, two girls of their own age, Beta and Anna. Yet while this seems like a voluntary process for Thor, Kristjan feels a strong resistance that he cannot ignore. What stops him, and forces him to examine his reactions, are the feelings that he has for his best friend and that they both must face. The coming Arctic autumn looms over their summer. A carefully observed and intimate coming of age film, an open diary where director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson narrates his own isolated adolescence. Winner of the Queer Lion at the last Venice International Film Festival.  

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