Ex-family man, avid womanizer, heavy-drinking, parliamentarian, Leifur, is forced to go into rehab by his political rival, following a well publicized art exhibition brawl. Full of denial, Leifur throws a party before checking in, but when it´s time to leave – very few do, turning the night into an adventure exclusively for those old enough to vote.


The ex-family man, avid womanizer, heavy drinking, heavy weight parlimentarian Leifur Sigurðarson is forced to go to rehab, by his political rival the PM, following a well publicised art exhibition brawl. Full of denial, Leifur gives a small but grand dinner party before checking in. As the gathering slowly matures into a full blown party we get to know the host and his guests better, and learn about the relationships within the group: The dealings of Leifur and the underworld king pin Eiríkur, the stunning Æsa, an art student and Leifur´s very young number one girl ... but when it´s time to leave - svery few do, turning the night into an adventure exclusively for those old enough to vote.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: January 18, 2013, Sambíó
  • International Premiere Date: July 2, 2013, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 87 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: XL
  • International Title: XL
  • Production Year: 2013
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: XL
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: Canon 5D
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP with English subtitles.



Company Credits


  • Ultima Thule, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Pólland, 2016
  • Nordischer Filmklub des Kulturhus Berlin, 2015
  • Northern Lights, Sofíu, 2015
  • Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi, 2015
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2014 - Award: Nominated for Screenplay of the year (Guðmundur Óskarsson og Marteinn Þórsson). Nominated for Sound Design of the year (Bogi Reynisson og Pétur Einarsson). Nominated for Editing of the year (Stefanía Thors, Marteinn Þórsson, Sigurður Eyþórsson, Valdís Óskarsdóttir). Nominated for Film of the year. Nominated for Cinematography of the year (Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson). Nominated for Leading Actor of the year (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson). Nominated for Leading Actress of the year (María Birta Bjarnadóttir). Nominated for Supporting Actress of the year (Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir and Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir). Nominated for Director of the year (Marteinn Þórsson). Nominated for Musical Score of the year (Anna Þorvaldsdóttir og Samaris)
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2014
  • Scandinavian Film Festival LA, 2014
  • Pune International Film Festival, 2014
  • European Film Festival, Lecce, 2014
  • Calgary International Film Festival, 2013
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2013
  • Filmfestival Munster, 2013
  • Molodist - Kiev International Film Festival, 2013
  • Bergen International Film Festival, 2013
  • Scanorama European Film Forum, 2013
  • Cork Film Festival, 2013 - Award: In competition.
  • MUCES - The City of Segovia Festival of European Cinema, 2013
  • Chennai International Film Festival, 2013
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2013 - Award: In Competition. Best actor (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson).

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