Wayward Heroes: A Survey of Modern Icelandic Cinema
Screening Dates
  • June 23, 2019 8:30
  • June 27, 2019 6:30

The domestic-hit debut feature of Reykjavik music video director Róbert I. Douglas is an acerbic portrait of an Icelandic hoser and an engaging parody of the Icelandic (and American) Dream. Stylistically indebted to Denmark’s Dogme 95 movement, the film concerns unlikable entrepreneur” Tóti (Thórhallur Sverrisson), a failure at every one of the many crazy schemes he turns his maladroit hand to. Tóti is abusive to family and friends, loathed by his ex-wife, and a stifling bore to his young daughter. Even his favourite footy team is a loser. Tóti’s latest crackpot idea, illegally importing Bulgarian cigarettes, threatens to be another fiasco. But when it transpires that the smuggled smokes contain a sought-after herb, it may be that Tóti’s luck has turned. Scruffy, endearing, and comic … The Icelandic Dream rides on a grungy charm” (Steve Gravestock, TIFF).


Film note adapted from texts written by Steve Gravestock, edited by Andrew Tracy, and provided by TIFF.