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Mr. Bjarnfredarson
Mr. Bjarnfredarson

Mr. Bjarnfredarson

A redemption story that spans almost fifty years, about Georg, an over educated know-it-all, which has just been released from jail, but is still a prisoner of his own past.

Synopsis

Mr. Bjarnfredarson is the story of Georg, a hopless man, out of synch with society, who needs to find redemption before time runs out.

Based on a wildly popular and award winning television series, Mr. Bjarnfredarson is the final, stand-alone chapter in the lives of the former co-workers and friends Georg Bjarnfredarson, an over-educated know-it-all and social outcast; Daníel Saevarson, a young man who's struggling with the web of lies he's concocted to deceive his family who think he's finishing medical school; And Ólafur Ragnar, a 40 year old man-child who his still struggling to fit in with the popular crowd.

Our story starts 4 years after the original series, when Georg is released on parole after a long sentence in jail for murder. When Bjarnfredur his mother rejects him, Daniel, who Georg tried to frame for the murder, reluctantly invites him to stay at his place until he gets back on his feet. Olafur, a perpetual loser who can't hold down a job for more than a few weeks, is also staying at Daniel's house to the annoyance of Ylfa, Daniel's wife and his two sons Jón and Saevar. When these three men reconnect, all hell breaks loose.

Daniel's lies to his family are slowly and painfully revealed when he is supposed to graduate as a doctor but has instead spent his time making a video art installment about Georg. Olafur finally catches a break and gets a job on the radio but with great power comes great responsibility, especially when Georg is beginning to display romantic interest in him. Meanwhile Georg has to deal with Bjarnfredur and their past, and as his world spins out of control, Georg realizes that all his woe can be traced back to his mother, and a reckoning is inevitable.

Alongside the main story, we see Georg's youth during the seventies, when he was just a small boy. We see how his mother, a fierce feminist, communist and professional protester completely eradicated all semblance of normalcy through hyper political correctness and staunch liberalism. We in fact, see the birth of all of Georg's many dysfunctions.

Mr. Bjarnfredarson is a tragic comedy about love, lies, parenthood and everything in between.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: December 26, 2009, Háskólabíó
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Length: 105 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Bjarnfreðarson
  • International Title: Mr. Bjarnfredarson
  • Production Year: 2009
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Mr. Bjarnfredarson
  • Website: www.sagafilm.is/en/bjarnfredarson
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: RED
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby
  • Screening format and subtitles: 35mm film with English sub. - DigiBeta with English sub. - HDCAM with English sub. -

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Cast

Company Credits

Festivals

  • Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi, 2016
  • Nordic Film Days, Kalingrad, 2011
  • Taste of Iceland, Baltimore, 2011
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2010 - Award: Feature Film of the Year. Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Jón Gnarr, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Screenplay of the Year (Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, Jón Gnarr, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Ragnar Bragason). Cinematography of the Year (Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson). Costume Design of the Year (Helga Rós V Hannam, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Director of the Year (Ragnar Bragason, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Actress of the Year in a Leading Role (Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, also nominated for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Jörundur Ragnarsson,also nominated for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Set Design of the Year (Júlía Embla Katrínardóttir, Sveinn Viðar Hjartarson). Nominated for Make-up Acheivment of the Year (Áslaug Dröfn Sigurðardóttir).
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2010
  • Berlin International Film Festival, 2010
  • Montreal World Film Festival, 2010
  • Mill Valley Film Festival, 2010
  • Molodist International Film Festival, 2010

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland: Sambíóin Álfabakka, 2010
  • Iceland: Sambíóin Kringlunni, 2010
  • Iceland: Sambíóin Akureyri, 2010
  • Iceland: Bíó Paradís, 2011

Releases

  • SAM myndir, 2010 - DVD

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