Mamma Gógó
Mamma Gógó

Mamma Gógó

A film director’s personal journey, experiencing his mother’s disappearance into the Alzheimer disease. A film with essential Fridriksson’s ingredients, humor, compassion and strong visual style.


Mamma Gógó is about Gógó, an elderly lady, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and her son’s and family’s reaction to her illness. While Gógó is continuously getting herself into trouble, of the kind only a person with Alzheimer can, the son, the director, is struggling with financial troubles after his film Children of Nature has flopped in the cinema. As Gógó‘s disease progresses her family decides that it is best for her to move to a nursing home. Gógó and her deceased husband, who appears on the scene, are not happy with that decision. The director is dependent on others when it comes to his finances and when Gógó settles into the nursing home he decides to sell his mother’s apartment and valuable artwork but the profits of the sale help him to get by.

The Icelandic film 79’ af stöðinni from 1961 comes to play in Mamma Gógó but the leading couple in that film were Kristbjörg Kjeld and Gunnar Eyjólfsson the same actors who play Gógó and her deceased husband in Mamma Gógó. Gógó’s memories of her husband are also connected to 79’ af stöðinni but scenes from the film are used in Mamma Gógó when Gógó reflects on her life while disappearing more and more into her disease.

Mamma Gógó demonstrates the tragicomical side of Alzheimer and the difficulties and conflict of the relatives is portrayed in a unique way in the mother and son’s relationship. Simultaneously, Fridrik satirizes the political environment of his society which has affected his film making – for better and for worse.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: January 1, 2010, Háskólabíó
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 90 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Mamma Gógó
  • International Title: Mamma Gógó
  • Production Year: 2010
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom
  • IMDB: Mamma Gógó
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: RED
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles: 35mm w. English sub. - 35mm w. French sub. DCP w. English sub. - DigiBeta w.English sub. - Blu Ray w, English sub.



Company Credits


  • Festival Cinemá d'Alés - Itinérances, 2014
  • Salisbury International Arts Festival, 2014
  • Scandinavia House New York, USA, 2013
  • Film festival by the Sea, Holland, 2012
  • Two Riversides Film and Art Festival, Pollandi, 2012
  • 4 Steps into the Great North - Icelandic Days, Rome, Italy, 2012
  • Tokyo Northern Lights Festival, Japan, 2012
  • Fajr Festival International Film Festival, Teheran, Iran, 2012
  • Festival Air d'Islande, France, 2012
  • A L'est du Nouveau, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France, 2012
  • Scandinavian Film Days Bonn, 2011
  • Polar Lights International Arctic Film Festival, Murmunsk, 2011 - Award: Best actress in a leading role (Kristbjörg Kjeld).
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, 2011
  • Washington DC International Film Festival, 2011
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, 2011
  • Skandinavische Film Tage Bonn, 2011
  • Arctic Film Festival, 2011
  • Espoo Cine Finnland, 2011
  • Stony Brook Film Festival, 2011
  • Shanghai International Film Festival, 2011
  • Fünf-Seen-Filmfestival, Germany, 2011
  • Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland, 2011
  • Gimli Film Festival, 2011
  • Festroia International Film Festival (Portugal), 2011 - Award: Audience Award.
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2011
  • Cinequest Film Festival, 2011
  • Miami International Film Festival, 2011
  • Sofia International Film Festival, 2011
  • Guadaljara International Film Festival, 2011
  • Cinema Mundi International Film Festival, 2011
  • Istanbul Film Festival, 2011
  • Filmfest DC, 2011
  • Taste of Iceland, 2011
  • Scottsdale Film Festival, 2011
  • Sagenhaftes Island / Deutsches Film Museum, 2011
  • Tashkent International Film Festival Uzbekistan, 2011
  • Kolkata Film Festival, 2011
  • Funchal International Film Festival, 2011 - Award: Best actress (Kristbjörg Kjeld).
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2010 - Award: Actress of the Year in a Leading role (Kristbjörg Kjeld). Film Score of the Year (Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson). Set design of the Year (Árni Páll Jóhannesson). Nominated for Feature Film of the Year. Nomiated for Cinamatography of the Year (Ari Kristinsson). Nominated for Costume Design of the Year (Helga I. Stefánsdóttir). Nominated for Make-up Achievement of the Year (Fríða María Harðardóttir). Nominated for director of the Year.
  • Artfilmfest International Film Festival, 2010
  • Toronto International Film Festival, 2010
  • Filmfest Hamburg, 2010
  • Pusan International Film Festival, 2010
  • Mumbai Film Festival, 2010
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2010
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2010
  • Sevilla International Film Festival, 2010
  • Wiesbadan Kino Film Festival, 2010
  • PÖFF - Tallin Black Night Film Festival, 2010
  • International Rome Film Festival, 2010
  • Scanorama European Film Forum, 2010

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland: Smárabíó, 2010
  • Iceland: Háskólabíó, 2010
  • Iceland: Borgarbíó Akureyri, 2010
  • Iceland: Laugarásbíó, 2010


  • Sena, 2010 - DVD

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