The Homecoming
The Homecoming

The Homecoming

When Gunnar's son returns from vacation with a new girlfriend, Gunnar is forced into a dilemma that threatens to expose a dark family secret.


Gunnar, a sociologist in his fifties who has written countless self-help books lives in a
beautiful house with Dísa, his wife of thirty years. Despite his expertise, their relationship is
on the rocks and their attitude towards one another is becoming increasingly resentful and
bitter. Their 25-year-old son and only child, David, comes back from a holiday with a new
girlfriend, Sunna. Sunna is pretty, smart, polite and on the face of it, the perfect daughter in
law. However, on meeting Sunna, Gunnar is forced to face a dark secret. Although his life's
work has been to instruct others on how to work through their problems, he seems incapable
of dealing with his own dilemma. He starts to act strange and does all he can to sabotage his
son's relationship with Sunna. However, inch by inch, the noose tightens and finally he is
forced to reveal his secret. Sunna is Gunnar's daughter from a brief love affair he had when
Dísa was pregnant with David. When his lover became pregnant he ended the relationship and hasn't been in contact with his daughter since. Now, the secret is out.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: April 5, 2015
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Length: 100 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Blóðberg
  • International Title: The Homecoming
  • Production Year: 2015
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • Premiere TV Channel: Stöð 2
  • IMDB: The Homecoming
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: No
  • Based on a : Play
  • Antecendent Title: Dubbeldusch
  • Production Format: RED
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby



Company Credits


  • Nordic Lights Film Festival, Seattle, 2018
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2016 - Award: Nominated for Screenplay of the year (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson). Nominated for TV Drama of the year. Nominated for Leading Actress of the year (Harpa Arnardóttir).
  • Portland International Film Festival, Bandaríkjunum, 2016
  • Pune International Film Festival, India, 2016
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, 2016
  • Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finland, 2016
  • European Union Film Festival, Singapúr, 2016
  • Edinburgh International Festival, 2016
  • Scandinavian Film Festival LA, Los Angeles, 2016
  • Nordiale – Nordische & Baltische Filmwoche Wien, Vín, Austurríki, 2016
  • Calgary International Film Festival, 2015
  • Scanorama, Litháen, 2015
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2015
  • Comedy Cluj Film Festival, 2015

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