And Breathe Normally
And Breathe Normally

And Breathe Normally

At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect – for a brief moment – while being trapped by unforeseen circumstances. Between a struggling single Icelandic mother, and a political asylum seeker from Africa, an intimate bond will form as both fight to get their lives back on track.


At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, a quiet and unassuming Keflavik airport rests, surrounded by vast volcanic landscape and the periodic soaring of an airplane. It is here that Adja, a refugee from Guinea-Bissau on route to Canada, finds herself stranded when stopped by a border patrol officer during a layover. It so happens that one of these border patrol officers is Lara, herself a struggling young mother, on the verge of homeless, whilst in-training to become a guardian of the law. As destiny will have it, these women’s paths will continue to cross in the small Icelandic town, culminating in the formation of an unlikely bond.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: March 9, 2018, Háskólabíó
  • International Premiere Date: January 22, 2018, Sundance Film Festival
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 95 min.
  • Language: Icelandic, English
  • Original Title: Andið eðlilega
  • International Title: And Breathe Normally
  • Production Year: 2018
  • IMDB: And Breathe Normally
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 2K Color
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP with English subtitles.



Company Credits


  • Sundance Film Festival, 2018 - Award: Best Director (Ísold Uggadóttir) in World Cinema competition.
  • Göteborg Film Festival, 2018 - Award: FIPRESCI Award.
  • Istanbul Film Festival, 2018
  • Stockholms Feministiska Filmfestival, 2018
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2018
  • Art Film Fest Košice, 2018
  • Provincetown Film Festival, 2018 - Award: HBO Audience Award.
  • Melbourne International Film Festival, 2018
  • Jerusalem Film Festival, 2018
  • New Zealand International Film Festival, 2018
  • New Horizons International Film Festival, 2018
  • Traverse City Film Festival, 2018 - Award: Roger Ebert Award.
  • Athens International Film Festival, 2018 - Award: Audience Award.
  • Queer Screen Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2018 - Award: Audience Award.
  • Faroe Islands Minority Film Festival, 2018 - Award: Best Film.
  • Queer Lisboa, 2018 - Award: Best Actress (Kristín Thora Haraldsdóttir).
  • Hamptons International Film Festival, 2018 - Award: Brizzolara Family Foundation Award.
  • Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany, 2018
  • Scanorama European Film Forum, Lithuania, 2018
  • Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Germany, 2018
  • Duhok International Film Festival, Iraq, 2018
  • Mumbai International Film Festival, 2018
  • Panorama of the European Film, Egypt, 2018
  • International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2018

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