Falcons | Fálkar – dir. Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 2002

date: 04/08/2012 time: 12:00 place: PGE Cinema film program: retrospective of Fridrik Thor Fridriksson artistic program: films

IS, UK, FR, DE, NO | 2002 | 91 min

reż|dir Fridrik Thor Fridriksson pro|pro Alexander Bohr, Mike Downey, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Anna María Karlsdóttir, Peter Rommel, Sam Taylor, Egil Ødegård scen|wr Einar Kárason, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson zdj|ph Harald Gunnar Paalgard muz|mus Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson mon|ed Sigvaldi J. Kárason ob|cast Keith Carradine, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Magnús Ólafsson, Margrét Ólafsdóttir


The first English-language film by Fridriksson is about a former convict who comes from the USA to Iceland to visit his mother. The mysterious man wishes to atone for his failed life. Coming back to the place he remembers from the past, he meets the eccentric and radiant Dua, who follows a life philosophy completely different from his own. They will have a bizarre affair which will lead to surprising changes in their lives.

In “Falcons” one can notice the director’s long-lasting fascination with the mythology of the western. Keith Carradine, an actor from California, creates the character of a traveller with an unclear identity, a true loner and a free falcon. Simple human activities clash with monumental, breathtaking scenery, emphasising the silence and alienation. Another hero of the film is the eponymous bird, whom Dua saved from illness.