Either Way
Either Way

Either Way

In the remote north of Iceland in the 1980s, Finnbogi and Alfred spend the summer painting lines on the winding roads that stretch out to the horizon. Soon the barren wilderness becomes a place of adventure, disaster and discovery as both men find themselves at crossroads in their lives. Either Way is a subtle and playful dramatic comedy.


In the remote north of Iceland in the 1980s, Finnbogi and Alfred spend the summer painting lines on the winding roads that stretch out to the horizon. The older and more experienced of the two, Finnbogi, has been asked to do his girlfriends´ family a favor and get her younger brother, Freddi, a job with the Road Administration as well; Take him along for the summer and make a man out of him. The film follows the relationship of these different – almost opposite – characters in the remote wilderness where they must deal with and tolerate each other peculiarities, spending way more time together than either of them would ever choose to do.

It isn’t until after some turbulent events occur that they start appreciating each other’s company and they start developing friendship. Through the course of the story their inner characters and secrets gradually come to the surface and at the end both men are certainly at crossroads in their lives. And maybe that’s what they both need?

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: September 2, 2011
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Length: 84 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Á annan veg
  • International Title: Either Way
  • Production Year: 2011
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Either Way
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: RED
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP with English sub. -



Company Credits


  • Premiers Plan - Angers Festival, Frakkland, 2016
  • Ultima Thule, Pólland, 2016
  • Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi, 2015
  • Pluk de Nacht Open Air Film Festival, 2014
  • Avvantura Festival Film Forum Zadar, 2014
  • International House Philadelphia, 2014
  • Galeries, Belgium, 2013
  • Transatlantyk Festival, Poznan, Poland, 2013
  • The Northern Film Festival, Leeuwarden, Holland, 2013
  • Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland, 2013
  • Tokyo Northern Lights Film Festival, Japan, 2013
  • Cinenordica, Paris, France, 2013
  • Ales Film Festival, France, 2013
  • Wisconsin Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Icelandic Films, Copenhagen, Denmark and Aarhus, Denmark, 2013
  • Scanorama European Film Forum, 2012
  • IFF East & West, Orenburg, Russia, 2012
  • Arras International Film Festival, Arras, France, 2012
  • Scandinavian Film Festival L.A, California, 2012
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden, 2012
  • Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg, Germany, 2012
  • Images from the Edge: Classic and Contemporary Films from Iceland,New York, USA, 2012
  • Izmir Film Festival, Turkey, 2012
  • Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • The Norwegian Internatiional Film Festival Haugesund, Haugesund, Norway, 2012
  • Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba International Film Festival, Brazil,, 2012
  • Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 2012
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK, 2012
  • Detour International Travel Film Festival, Padova, Italy, 2012
  • Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania, 2012
  • Friars Club Comedy Film Festival, New York, USA, 2012
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, 2012
  • Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, 2012
  • Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2012
  • Exposed Festival for First Films, Cologne, Germany, 2012
  • SUBTITLE European Film Festival, Icelandic New Wave, Ireland, 2012
  • 4 Steps into the Great North - Icelandic Days, Rome, Italy, 2012
  • San Sebastian Film Festival, 2011 - Award: In competion for the Kutxa-New Directors Awards.
  • Nordische Filmtage Lubeck, 2011 - Award: Baltic Film Prize.
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2011
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2011 - Award: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival's Opening Film.
  • Torino Film Festival, 2011 - Award: Best picture. Best script.
  • Nordlichter XII, Dresden, 2011
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Actor of the Year in a Supporting role (Thorsteinn Bachmann). Cinematography of the Year (Árni Filippusson). Costume Design of the Year (Margrét Einarsdóttir, Eva Vala Gudjónsdóttir). Nominated for Feature Film of the Year. Nominated for Director of the Year . Nominated for Script of the Year (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson). Nominated for Actor of the Year (Hilmar Gudjónsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson). Nominated for Editor of the Year (Kristján Loðmfjörð). Nominated for Sound Design of the Year (Huldar Freyr Árnason). Nominated for Set Design of the Year (Hálfdán Pedersen).

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland: Háskólabíó, 2011
  • Iceland: Borgarbíó, Akureyri, 2011

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