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‘A White, White Day’: Film Review | NIFF 2019

‘A White, White Day’: Film Review | NIFF 2019


Opening with an unsettling statement, “When everything is white, and you can no longer see the difference between the earth and the sky, the dead can talk to us who are still living,” Hlynur Palmason invokes an Icelandic proverb.

Hlynur Pálmason wrote and directed the film, which world premiered at Cannes International Critic’s Week, and was Iceland’s submission for the Oscars and the Nordic Council Film Prize.

Former police chief Ingimundur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) has struggled ever since he lost his wife to a tragic accident two years earlier. Busying himself with the task of renovating a homestead in the remote Icelandic wilderness, he finds solace in time spent with his spirited young granddaughter Salka (Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir). But when Ingimundur begins to suspect a local man may have had an affair with his late wife, his detective instincts kick in, fuelling behaviour that becomes increasingly unpredictable…

The film is a story of love and hate, a story about coping with the loss of someone you love, with feelings of pain, anger, and doubt. This is a compassionate drama about grief and the sideways behavior that will out if you keep stifling the main thing.

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A White, White Day was a centerpiece selection of the 5th Annual Nordic International Film Festival, and was awarded with the Best Nordic Feature.

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