ÁSA HJÖRLEIFSDÓTTIR, Iceland
Morning light seeps into a bedroom. Two people lie fully dressed on top of the covers. Crumpled sheets, swollen eyes; an emptiness hangs in the air like a ghost from yesterday. Shortly after, they leave for the wild icelandic seaside.
In Iceland, nature feels so close, so charged. Even now, when most of us city folk have lost our connection to the natural world, the very “real” and raw nature on this young island pulls us towards itself like a magnet.
Nature expresses the emotions that the people cannot. And now nature is crying out, reminding us that - like a relationship - it needs love and respect to survive.
Starring Thor Kristjansson and Hera Hilmar, who won two Edda Awards for Best Actress of the Year in 2014 and 2016, among others.
Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1984. She is one of the most important filmmaker of the new generation in Iceland.
Ása has written and directed a number of award-winning short films. « Ástarga » (« Love Story») was a 2013 finalist for a Student Oscar. Her first feature film, «The Swan» premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and still continues touring the festival circuit.