Virgin Mountain

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16+

2014, Iceland-Denmark
94 min., col., language — Icelandic

Director and scriptwriter Dagur Kári
DoP Rasmus Videbæk
Production design Halfdan Pedersen
Editing Andri Steinn Gudjonsson, Olivier Bugge Coutte, Dagur Kári
Music Slowblow
Sound Ingvar Lundberg, Kjartan Kjartansson
Cast Gunnar Jonsson, Ilmur Kristjansdottir, Sigurjon Kjartansson, Franziska Una Dagsdottir, Margret Helga Johannsdottir.
Producers Baltasar Kormakur, Agnes Johansen
Production Sögn / RVK Studios
World sales Back Films

How much does Fúsi weigh? Twenty-four stone? More? No one can say, not even Fúsi himself. Because ultimately the 43-year-old is sleepwalking through life. His work as an airport baggage handler does not exactly stretch him and he has never had a girlfriend. The only thing that really interests him are World War II battles, which he painstakingly reconstructs using small model tanks and soldiers at home, in his mother’s flat which is both his refuge and his prison. When Fúsi receives a coupon for a dance school, he meets Sjofn, a similarly lonely soul with deep psychological wounds. Unused to interacting with other people, Fúsi instinctively decides to take both their lives in hand. At least just a little bit. But that is quite something for this giant with a seemingly small horizon but a big heart.

  • Best narrative film, best screenplay and best actor prizes; Tribeca IFF-2015
  • Politiken Audience Award; CPH:FIX-2015

DAGUR KÁRI
Director, writer and musician. Born in 1973 in France. Studied filmmaking in Denmark (1995-1999). He made his feature debut in 2003 with «Noi Albinoi», Film won about 20 awards including 6 Edda awards, and also works as musician with the band «Slowblow». He is currently employed at The National Film School of Denmark as Head of the Director’s Program. Among his other films are «Dark Horse» (2005, Edda for best film and best director), «The Good Heart» (2009, Edda for best script and best direction).