On a rural cow farm in Iceland, Hera's brother is killed in an accident. Hera blames herself for his death. In her grief, she finds solace in the dark music of heavy metal and dreams of becoming a rock star.


It's the year 1970 and as Black Sabbath record their first album and mark the birth of heavy metal, Hera Karlsdottir is born on the cowshed floor at her parents farm in rural Iceland.

The years of her youth are carefree until a tragedy strikes. Her older brother is killed in a accident and Hera blames herself for his death. In her grief she finds solace in the dark music of heavy metal and dreams of becoming a rock star.

As the years pass on the farm buried under a shroud of snow and a looming ominous mountain Hera practices her guitar skills and dreams of forming a band. Hera is a rebellious, misunderstood delinquent in her early twenties who can't help but get into trouble. She dreams of escaping out into the world but somehow always ends up at her own doorstep.

When her childhood friend returns intent on marrying her and a young priest moves to the farming community the wheels of fate start turning. Hera has to grow up, find her own voice and realize she can't run away her whole life.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: October 11, 2013
  • International Premiere Date: September 7, 2013, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 97 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Málmhaus
  • International Title: Metalhead
  • Production Year: 2013
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Norway
  • IMDB: Metalhead
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Color: Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP



Company Credits


  • Ultima Thule, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Pólland, 2016
  • Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi, 2015
  • Icelandic Film Festival, Noida og Chennai, Indlandi, 2015
  • Trondheim Metal Fest, 2015
  • Chennai International Film Festival, 2015
  • East End Film Festival, 2014
  • Vera Pop Subculture Club, Norway, 2014
  • Galway Film Fleadh, 2014
  • Gimli Film Festival, 2014
  • Two Riversides Art and Film Festival, 2014
  • Espoo Ciné International Film Festival, 2014
  • Oulu Music Video Festival, 2014
  • Der Neue Heimatfilm Filmfestival Freistadt, 2014
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy, 2014
  • Scanorama European Film Forum, 2014
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2014
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2014
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2014
  • Avvantura Festival Film Forum Zadar, 2014
  • The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands, 2014
  • The Northern Film Festival, Leeuwarden, 2014
  • Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Festival, 2014
  • Nordens Institut på Åland, Mariehamn, 2014
  • Joensuu Rokumentti Rock Film Festival, 2014
  • Wiesbaden Exground Film Festival, 2014
  • Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People, 2014
  • Berlin Nordic Film Club, 2014
  • Black Bear Film Festival, 2014
  • International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, 2014
  • Riga International Film Festival, 2014
  • Chile Inedit International Music Film Festival, 2014
  • Glasgow International Film Festival, 2014
  • Febiofest, 2014
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, 2014
  • Atlanta Film Festival, 2014
  • CPH PIX, 2014
  • Titanic International Film Festival, 2014
  • Indielisboa, 2014
  • D'A Festival Internacional de Cinema D'autor de Barcelona, 2014
  • Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, 2014
  • Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival, 2014
  • Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, 2014
  • Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth, 2014
  • European Film Festival, Iceland, 2014
  • Iceland Sounds & Sagas, 2014
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2014 - Award: Nominated for Special Effects of the year (Daði Einarsson og Gísli Þórólfsson). Costume Design of the year (Helga Rós V. Hannam). Make-up Achievement of the year (Steinunn Þórðardóttir). Nominated for Screenplay of the year (Ragnar Bragason). Sound Design of the year (Huldar Freyr Arnarson). Editing of the year (Valdís Óskarsdóttir). Nominated for Film of the year. Nominated for Cinematography of the year (Ágúst Jakobsson). Leading Actress of the year (Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir). Supporting Actress of the year (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir). Supporting Actor of the year (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson). Nominated for Set Design of the year (Sveinn Viðar Hjartarsson). Nominated for Director of the year (Ragnar Bragason). Musical Score of the year (Pétur Ben). Nominated for Supporting Actor of the year (Hannes Óli Ágústsson og Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson).
  • Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
  • Busan International Film Festival, 2013
  • Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, 2013

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