Good Heart, The
Good Heart, The

Good Heart, The

A grumpy bartender takes a young, homeless man in under his wing.


Lucas is a homeless boy living in a cardboard box under the Brooklyn Bridge. His existence has come to a dead-end but his pathetic attempt to commit suicide fails. At the hospital Lucas is introduced to Jacques, a grumpy bar-owner whose unhealthy lifestyle has brought him five heart attacks. Since he has not many years to live and no family, Jacques takes Lucas under his wing with the intention of having him continue his legacy.

Everything is going according to plan, but when the drunken stewardess, April, enters the bar, things start to go off track.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: March 5, 2010, Háskólabíó
  • International Premiere Date: September 11, 2009, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Length: 90 min.
  • Language: English
  • Original Title: Good Heart, The
  • International Title: Good Heart, The
  • Production Year: 2009
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Good Heart, The
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Stereo SR
  • Screening format and subtitles: 35mm film without sub. - DigiBeta without sub.



Company Credits


  • Tokyo Northern Lights Festival, 2018
  • Northern Lights Film Festival, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Hvíta-Rússlandi, 2016
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico, 2013
  • Icelandic Films, Copehagen, Denmark and Aarhus, Denmark, 2013
  • Tokyo Northern Lights Film Festival, Japan, 2013
  • Galway Film Fleadh, 2011
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2011 - Award: Costume Design of the Year (Helga Rós V Hannam). Director of the Year. Screenplay of the Year (Dagur Kári). make-up Achievement of the Year (Ásta Hafþórsdóttir, Stefán Jörgen Ágústsson). Set design of the Year (Hálfdán Pedersen). Nominated for Sound Design of the Year (Ingvar Lundberg, Kjartan Kjartansson). Nominated for Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Brian Cox). Nominated for Film Score of the Year (Slowblow). Nominated for Featuer Film of the year. Nominated for Cinematography of the Year (Rasmus videbæk). Nominated for Editor of the Year (Andri Steinn Guðmundsson).
  • Scandinavian Film Festival L.A., 2011
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2010
  • SXSW Film Festival, 2010 - Award: Festival Favorites
  • Off Plus Camera, 2010
  • Summer Film School, 2010
  • North Cape Film Festival, 2010
  • Kvikmyndaverðlaun Norðurlandaráðs / Nordic Film Prize, 2010 - Award: Nominated
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2010
  • Scanorama European Film Forum, 2010
  • Toronto International Film Festival, 2009
  • Pusan International Film Festival, 2009
  • Gijon International Film Festival, 2009

Television distribution

  • Iceland: RÚV, 2011

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland: Háskólabíó, 2010
  • Iceland: Smárabíó, 2010
  • Iceland: Regnboginn, 2010
  • Iceland: Bíó Paradís, 2010
  • Iceland: Bíó Paradís, 2011


  • Magnolia, USA, 2010 - DVD

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