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The Circle

The Ring Road is an experiment in the fields of physics, mathematics and geography but also in film directing, cinematography and sound.

Synopsis

The Ring Road is an experiment in the fields of physics, mathematics and geography but also in film directing, cinematography and sound. The procedure: a camera is fastened to a car’s dashboard, a computer is connected the camera, and the car is taken on a joyride down Highway No.1. Every twelve meters, a single frame is shot, thus simulating the speed of sound.

The result: This road trip along Iceland’s Ring Road, completed in 1974 in commemoration of the 1100th anniversary of the country’s first human settlement, presents the viewer Iceland in all her beauty: from rolling hills, snow-capped volcanoes, valleys, seacoast, lakes, glaciers and geysers to small towns, isolated farms and ever-changing colours. A frame is made every twelve meters.

About the film

  • Type: Documentary
  • National Premiere Date: March 2, 1985
  • Genre: Experimental
  • Length: 81 min.
  • Original Title: Hringurinn
  • International Title: The Circle
  • Production Year: 1985
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: The Circle
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Color: Yes

Crew

Company Credits

Festivals

  • The Icewoman Returneth, Melbourne, 2015
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2015
  • Nordic Film Fest, Rome, 2014
  • Film and Art Festival Two Riversides, 2012
  • Filmfest Hamburg, Icelandic retrospective, 2011
  • Artfilmfest International Film Festival, 2010
  • Summer Film School, 2010
  • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2002

Television distribution

  • Iceland: RÚV, 1990

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