Films from Real Life


Herðubreið – cinema

Skaftfell will screen two film Saturday June 20 at 20.00 in Herðubreið, cinema, in connection with the ongoing exhibition Real Life.

My Dreams Are Still About Flying (2012) by Cecilia Nygren (SWE)
Time and Time Again (2014) by Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir (IS) & Markús Þór Andrésson (IS)

Cecilia Nygrens 2012 video, My Dreams Are Still About Flying. Concerns Walter Steiner, the protagonist of Werner Herzogs The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974), a documentary about Steiners hobby of woodcarving while being the worlds pre-eminent ski jumper. Nygrens film finds Steiner in northern Sweden where he works as a custodian in a church, and he relates his memories of his time as a ski jumper, the work exists, in a sense, as a codicil to Herzogs. It is a recollection of a life seen in retrospect from a distanced point of view, and is reflective of the nature of the biographical documentary.

Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir & Markús Þór Andrésson film Time and Time Again (2014) is a fictional work based upon the real artist, Hreinn Friðfinnsson. With surrealist and science fiction inflections, the film creates a story around twins, separated in infancy, where one is raised in the mountains of Iceland and the other by the sea in Holland. The film wraps fiction around truth and vice versa and contemplates an instability of time and place, and their repercussions upon identity.