Children of Nature | Börn náttúrunnar – dir. Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 1991

date: 29/07/2012 time: 14:15 place: PGE Cinema film program: retrospective of Fridrik Thor Fridriksson artistic program: films

IS, DE, IT | 1991 | 82 min

reż|dir  Fridrik Thor Fridriksson pro|pro Wolfgang Pfeiffer, Vilhjálmur Ragnarsson, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson scen|wr Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Einar Guðmundsson zdj|ph Ari Kristinsson muz|mus Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson mon|ed Skafti Gudmundsson ob|cast Gísli Halldórsson, Sigríður Hagalín, Baldvin Halldórsson, Björn Karlsson, Bruno Ganz


At the end of his life, Thorgeir leaves the farm where he had spent all his life. He moves to the city together with his daughter but, disappointed with the pace of modern life, he moves to a home for the aged. That is where he meets Stella, his log lost love. Some night they leave their place of residence and go on a journey. They want to reach a place that they know from the years of their youth.

The director admits that some scenes in the film are distinct homages to Wim Wenders, Theo Angelopoulos, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andriej Tarkowski. “Children of nature” are also a very personal piece, full of the artist’s memories. The protagonists discover their roots and the world of nature that enables them to meet the supernatural. The film is a discreet elegy about dying, celebrating it as potentially full of dignity and devoid of pain. The film is enriched with a magical soundtrack. “Children of nature” has put Iceland on the film map of Europe.  

1992 Academy Awards – Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film
1991 European Film Award – Best Composer nomination for Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, nomination for the Best Actress  for Sigríður Hagalín