The lives of an underworld thug, a single mum with four kids and a schizophrenic entwine in a powerful symphony of redemption and revenge. A theme dealing with the different roles of children and parents in the ghetto of modern day-Reykjavik. First part of twin feature by Ragnar Bragason focusing on the underdogs.


Karitas is a single mother of four who desperately tries to make ends meet. Fighting a losing battle with her ex-husband for custody over her three daughters, she is oblivious to what’s going on with her twelve year old Gudmund, a victim of brutal bullying at school and whose life is on the fast track to destruction. Gudmund’s only friend in the world is Marinó, a schizophrenic in his fourties who lives with his mother in the same apartment building. When Marinó realizes that his mother has secretly been dating a stranger, Marinó starts to lose grip on reality.

Gardar is an underworld enforcer who makes a mess at work and as a result his twin brother Georg is beaten up. Exiled both from the underworld and his family, Gardar has to make a fresh start in life. He decides to seek out his son Gudmund whom he has never seen but the straight and narrow is a tough path to follow.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: September 9, 2006
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 93 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Börn
  • International Title: Children
  • Production Year: 2006
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Children
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Black & white
  • Sound: Dolby
  • Screening format and subtitles: No usable prints available, DCP with English and German sub. in production.



Company Credits


  • Ultima Thule, Pólland, 2016
  • Scandinavian House, 2009
  • Plus Camerimage Film Festival, 2009
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, 2008
  • Icelandic Film Festival, 2008
  • Icelandic Institute, 2008
  • Febiofest, 2008
  • Wisconsin Film Festival, 2008
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, 2008
  • Icelandic Film Focus, 2008
  • Icelandic Film Cultural Event, 2008
  • Nordic Film Forum Scanorama, 2008
  • Academy Awards, 2007 - Award: Iceland´s Entry for Best Foreign language Film
  • Berlin International Film Festiva (Market Screenings), 2007
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2007
  • Pusan International Film Festival, 2007
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2007
  • San Sebastian FIlm Festival, 2007
  • Barcelona Independent Film Festival, 2007
  • Euro Film Festival, 2007
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2007
  • Helsinki International Film Festival, 2007
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2007
  • Images Groningen, 2007
  • Istanbul Indie Film Festival, 2007
  • Melbourne International Film Festival, 2007
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2007
  • Raindance International Film Festival, 2007
  • Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, 2007
  • Copenhagen International Film Festival, 2007 - Award: Golden Swan for Best Picture.
  • Riga Nordic Film Days, 2007
  • Rome International Film Festival, 2007
  • Scandinavian Film Festival, 2007
  • Seattle International Film Festival, 2007
  • Sevilla European Film Festival, 2007
  • Sydney Film Festival, 2007
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, 2007
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2007
  • Tromsö International Film Festival, 2007
  • Transylvania International Film Festival, 2007 - Award: Best Director.
  • Zerkalo International Film Festival, 2007
  • Filmfest Hamburg, 2006
  • AFM, 2006
  • Courmayeur Noir International Film Festival, 2006 - Award: The Jury Award.
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2006 - Award: Screenplay of the Year. Nominated for Film of the Year. Nominated for Director of the Year. Nominated for Actor/Actress of the Year (Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson). Nominated for Supporting Actor/Actress of the Year (Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir). Nominated for Sound and Music of the Year (Music: Pétur Þór Benediktsson).
  • Kvikmynaverðlaun Norðurlandaráðs / Nordic Film Prize., 2006 - Award: Nominated.


  • SAM myndir, 2008 - DVD

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