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
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
) 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.