Small Mountain
Small Mountain

Small Mountain

Not expecting his son back today, Emil is brought to face his past, his family, his community, after he finds himself stuck upon the small mountain. This will be a day to remember.


It is Election Day in a quiet seaside village and Emil, a local handyman, is entrusted to take the sealed ballot box to the local airport to be flown to the city for counting. As he starts his journey Emil finds himself resolving a dispute between two young boys over a bicycle and a sister´s promise to sing a song. Unbeknownst to Emil, his son Albert, a broody young man, has returned to the village for a confrontation about their fractured relationship. He wants answers as to why he grew up motherless.

At the small airport the winds pick up and the pilots have no choice but to leave without their valuable cargo. As Emil arrives at the airport, the plane is a distant speck on the horizon. Undeterred, Emil heads for the mountain, planning to reach another airport on the other side. Albert’s sudden appearance has got local going, many remember the rumors about his mother and Emil. Loose talk travels and the villagers, preparing for a party that night, exchange gossip on the newcomer.

On his drive over the Mountain, Emil is waylaid once again as he passes Dengsi, an old farmer and friend, who flag him down asking for help to mend his scarecrow. Never one to refuse, Emil restores the scarecrow´s head to its rightful place, as he does so, Dengsi urges Emil to resolve his long standing issues with his son.

Emil continues his journey across the mountain only to come to a crashing halt as a lamb runs in front of his car. Emil swerves but hits a rock on the side of the road. Seeing he is now stuck on the mountain side with the ballot box in his trunk, he calls Stebbi for help. Stebbi soon arrives in his red-ish wagon with his girlfriend and Albert. Emil and Albert meet on the mountain. Stebbi returns to the village. Father and son are left alone. Nothing stands between them except the ballot box.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: March 12, 2008
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 97 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Heiðin
  • International Title: Small Mountain
  • Production Year: 2008
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Small Mountain
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby
  • Screening format and subtitles: 35mm film with English sub. Betacam SP with English sub. -



Company Credits


  • Shanghai International Film Festival, 2009
  • Scandinavian House, 2009
  • Nordic Lights Film Festival, 2009
  • Kulturhus Berlin, 2009
  • Film Festival Popoli e Religioni, 2009
  • Haugesund Film Festival, 2008
  • International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, 2008
  • Scanorama, 2008
  • Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival, 2008


  • Passport Pictures, 2008 - DVD

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