Summer Children
Summer Children

Summer Children

Siblings Eydís and Kári are only five and six years old when their parents' marriage breaks apart. Following the divorce they are sent temporarily to a children's home in the countryside. But when the stay turns out to be longer than they had expected, Eydís and Kári take matters into their own hands.


Eydís (6) and Kári (5) are sent to a children’s home in the countryside after their parents’ marriage falls apart. Eydís is sure that their stay will be short and their mother will come and get them. But time passes, the days go by and the children are disappointed time and time again. The children’s emotional needs are completely ignored. The head nanny can’t stand Eydís’s optimism and joie de vivre, which doesn’t take a hit no matter how mean the staff is to her. One fall day, as Eydís and Kári watch the summer children return to their homes, hope seems lost. But Eydís doesn’t give up and eventually finds a way out. With her cleverness, drive and concern for her brother she plans their escape. However, they have a long way to go and the harsh landscape and cold weather to conquer.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: October 12, 2017, Bíó Paradís
  • Genre: Family, Drama
  • Length: 84 min.
  • Language: Icelandic, German
  • Original Title: Sumarbörn
  • International Title: Summer Children
  • Production Year: 2017
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Norway
  • IMDB: Summer Children
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: HD
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP, English subtitles.



Company Credits


  • Scandinavian Film Festival LA, 2018
  • Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival, 2018
  • FIFEM - Montreal International Children's Film Festival, 2018 - Award: INIS Award.
  • Titanic Budapest International Film Festival, 2018
  • Zlín Film Festival, 2018
  • Riga International Film Festival, 2018
  • Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival, 2018
  • Cinekid Festival, 2018
  • Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival, 2018
  • Noordelijik Film Festival, Holland, 2018
  • Valencia International Children‘s Film Festival, 2018
  • XIII International Film Festival Within the Family, Rússland, 2018 - Award: Awards: Audience award
  • International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Þýskaland, 2018
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2018 - Award: Children’s and Youth Film Award of the Gemeinnützige Sparkassenstiftung
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2017
  • The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund, 2017

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