Paris of the North
Paris of the North

Paris of the North

Hugi has found shelter from life‘s complexities in a small and isolated village. When his distant father suddenly turns up, his quiet life is interrupted.


Teacher Hugi, who resides in a village in eastern Iceland, receives an unexpected visit from his relatively young and largely estranged father. Their differing personalities – 37-year-old, recovering alcoholic Hugi is involved with the local temperance center, while his father betrays a tendency toward hedonism – become the source of multiple problems, and their ill-matched cohabitation undergoes various phases. Rather than emphasizing the drama of the plot, Sigurðsson prioritizes the creation of an emotional atmosphere for this story of gradual rapprochement. The central characters’ belated adolescence is a key factor in the process of their reunion as they discover heretofore unknown aspects of their personalities and, along with it, an understanding for one another. The dialogue here is often helpful in revealing the characters’ natures, even in the case of the supporting roles, without in any way disadvantaging the concise depiction of the environment or the musical component, which greatly contributes to the narrative’s melancholy mood.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: September 5, 2014, Háskólabíó
  • International Premiere Date: July 8, 2014, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 95 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: París norðursins
  • International Title: Paris of the North
  • Production Year: 2014
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Denmark, France
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: HD
  • Color: Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP, English subtitles



Company Credits


  • Nordiale – Nordische & Baltische Filmwoche Wien, Vín, 2016
  • Nordic Film Club, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Tékkland, 2016
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2015 - Award: Nominated for Costume Design of the year (Margrét Einarsdóttir and Eva Vala Guðjónsdóttir). Nominated for Screenplay of the year (Huldar Breiðfjörð). Nominated for Sound Design of the year (Huldar Freyr Arnarsson). Nominated for Editing of the year (Kristján Loðmfjörð). Nominated for Film of the year. Nominated for Cinematography of the year (Magni Ágústsson). Nominated for Leading Actor of the year (Björn Thors). Supporting Actor of the year (Helgi Björnsson). Supporting Actress of the year (Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir). Nominated for Set Design of the year (Hálfdán Lárus Pedersen). Nominated for Director of the year (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson). Nominated for Musical Score of the year (Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson).
  • Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi, 2015
  • Íslensk kvikmyndahátíð, Nuuk, 2015
  • Nordic Lights Film Festival, 2015
  • Göteborg Film Festival, 2015 - Award: In competition.
  • Air d´Islande, 2015
  • FIFE International Environmental Film Festival, 2015
  • Portland International Film Festival, 2015
  • Nordic Glory Film Festival, 2015
  • Kosmorama - Trondheim International Film Festival, 2015
  • Ales Film Festival - Itinérances, 2015
  • CPH:PIX, 2015
  • Seattle International Film Festival, 2015
  • Transilvania International Film Festival, 2015
  • Scandinavian Film Festival, Australia, 2015
  • Northern Lights Film Festival, Hvíta-Rússlandi, 2015
  • Icelandic Film Festival, Noida og Chennai, Indlandi, 2015
  • Icelandic Film Days In Moscow, 2015
  • Love & Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival, 2015
  • Culturescapes, Basel, 2015
  • Comedy Cluj International Film Festival, 2015
  • Chennai International Film Festival, 2015
  • Motovun Film Festival, 2014
  • Bergen International Film Festival, 2014
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2014
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2014
  • Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival, 2014
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2014
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2014
  • Leeds International Film Festival, 2014
  • Scanorama European Film Forum, 2014
  • Avvantura Festival Film Forum Zadar, 2014
  • Nordic Film Festival - London, 2014
  • The Northern Film Festival, Leeuwarden, 2014
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2014
  • Molodist International Film Festival, 2014
  • Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Festival, 2014
  • Nordic Film Festival - Day for Night, 2014
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2014 - Award: In competition.

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