Set in present-day Reykjavik, Fiasco draws a narrative circle of interconnecting stories in which the three members of the Bardal household deal with the secret loves in their lives.


Karl, an old age pensioner, is busy chasing after an amnesic old screen legend. Julia, Karl´s granddaughter, is torn between a mediocre bank manager and a wild sailor, and tells them both she is pregnant, but is she really? Steingerdur, Julia´s mother, has a wild crush on a preacher who has a serious drinking problem, and ends up with a dead stripper in his jacuzzi. The characters cross each other as the film progresses, until the three interwoven strands of the story finally come together in an explosive and hilarious crescendo full of surprises.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: March 10, 2000
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 92 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Fíaskó
  • International Title: Fiasco
  • Production Year: 2000
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Denmark, Germany
  • IMDB: Fiasco
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Stereo SR
  • Screening format and subtitles: 35mm film with English sub. - 35mm film with Portugeues sub. -



Company Credits


  • Ultima Thule, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Pólland, 2016
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2001
  • Hawaii International Film Festival USA, 2001
  • Jeonju International Film Festival S-Korea, 2001
  • Shadowline Salerno Film Festival Italy, 2001
  • Troia International Film Festival Portugal, 2001
  • Shanghai International Film Festival China, 2001
  • Haugesund Film Festival, 2000
  • Raindance Film Festival (England), 2000
  • Miro Vision Film Festival (S-Korea), 2000
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2000
  • Cairo International Film Festival, 2000 - Award: Special Mention for artistic contribution (Ragnar Bragason). Nominated for the Golden Pyramid (Ragnar Bragason).
  • Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, 2000
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2000 - Award: Sound design (Kjartan Kjartansson, also won for Angels of the Universe, 101 Reykjavik and Witchcraft). Nomination for Actress in a Leading Role(Kristbjörg Kjeld).


  • Háskólabíó, 2000 - VHS

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