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Directed by Hlynur Pálmason
138 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Direct from Cannes Un Certain Regard, award-winning Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason’s new film is a stunning historical drama inspired by true events.
In the much-anticipated follow-up to his acclaimed hit A White, White Day, Godland tells the story of Lucas, a young Danish priest (Elliott Crosset Hove, Winter Brothers) who travels to a remote and largely unexplored part of Iceland in the late 19th century to build a church and photograph its landscape and people. On his journey across the breathtaking but dangerous landscape, the idealistic but naive young clergyman is aided by a translator as well as an Icelandic guide (Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, A White, White Day; Trapped) with whom he cannot communicate. The deeper Lucas goes into the unforgiving terrain, the more he strays from his purpose, the mission and his morality; with unexpected and shocking repercussions. Evocative cinematography by Pálmason’s regular collaborator Maria von Hausswolff captures Lucas’ perilous journey in haunting detail and artistry, mirroring his characters’ obsession to document a strange new world. Godland draws us into a fascinating character study, which explores the colliding of worlds, ideas and language with enthralling impact.

HLYNUR PÁLMASON began as a visual artist before turning to filmmaking. His debut feature, Winter Brothers (2017) played at Locarno , and his second film A White, White Day (2019) premiered at Cannes Critics' Week. Godland has its world premiere at Cannes Un Certain Regard.


Sun 12 Jun
State Theatre
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Mon 13 Jun
State Theatre
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Fri 17 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Original Title
Vanskabte Land / Volada Land
Unclassified 15+
Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden
In Danish and Icelandic with English subtitles
Hlynur Pálmason
Katrin Pors, Anton Máni Svansson
Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Victoria Carmen Sonne
Maria von Hausswolff
Julius Krebs Damsbo
Australian Premiere
Scandinavia, Cinephile, Cannes Selected
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Palace Films
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