Gabriel is a confused sixteen year old in search of his identity. Along with a few of his closest friends, he is trying to figure out who he is and where he stands in an ever changing and complicated world.


When Gabriel returns to Iceland from a two-week trip to Manchester, England, all those close to him seem to think that he has changed somewhat. Having met and befriended his stylist roommate Marcus in the UK, a free thinking, rebellious teenager.

Through a series of unfortunate events, tragedy befalls this tight-knit group when Stella, Gabriels best girlfriend, takes her own life. Crushed, Gabriel falls into a black hole of despair, which forces him to take a hard look at himself - which ultimately forces him to reveal a harsh, agonizing secret about himself.

What ensues is a tale of complex and fragile relationships, where teenagers struggle with their identities, while forging their place in a sometimes unyielding society. All the while coping with love, loss, hate, betrayal, euphoria, sadness and ultimately, forgiveness.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: October 15, 2010, Sambíóin í Álfabakka
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 93 min. 44 sec.
  • Language: Icelandic, English
  • Original Title: Órói
  • International Title: Jitters
  • Production Year: 2010
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • IMDB: Jitters
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: HDcam
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Stereo SR



Company Credits


  • Íslensk kvikmyndahátíð, Nuuk, 2015
  • MIX Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark,, 2012
  • Regensburger Short Film Week, Germany, 2012
  • The Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia, 2012
  • BFI London Lespian and Gay Film Festival, UK, 2012
  • Ciné-Jeune del'Aisne International Film Festival, France, 2012 - Award: Won ECFA (European Children's Film Association) Awards
  • Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam, 2012
  • Cine Nordica, France, 2012
  • exground filmfest, Germany, 2011 - Award: Won the International Youth Film Contest.
  • GAFFA International Film Festival for Young People, Austria., 2011
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2011
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Children and Youth Film Festival Just Film, Estonia, 2011
  • Kaunas International Film Festival, Lithuania, 2011
  • Athens International Film Festival, 2011
  • Indie Lisboa, 2011
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2011
  • Seoul International Youth Film Festival, 2011
  • Buster Film Festival (Denmark), 2011
  • Warsaw Film Festival, 2011
  • Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth, 2011
  • Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival, 2011 - Award: Don Quixote prize for best film in the Youth section.
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2011
  • Zlin Zlin Filmfest, Czech Republic., 2011
  • Cannes Film Festival, Market Screenings, 2011
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2011 - Award: Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role (Þorsteinn Bachmann). Nominated for Sound Design of the Year (Friðrik Sturluson, Kjartan Kjartansson). Nominated for Actress of the Year in a Leading Role (Hreindís Ylfa Garðarsdóttir). Nominated for Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Atli Óskar Fjalarsson). Nominated for Film Score of the Year (Ólafur Arnalds). Nominated for Feature Film of the Year. Nominated for Director of the Year. Nominated for Screenplay of the Year (Ingibjörg Reynisdóttir, Baldvin Z). Nominated for Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role (Lilja Guðrún Þorvaldsdóttir). Nominated for Cinematography of the Year (Jóhann Máni Jóhannsson).

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland: Sambíóin Álfabakka, 2010
  • Iceland: Sambíóin Kringlunni, 2010
  • Iceland: Sambíóin Selfossi, 2010
  • Iceland: Sambíóin Akureyri, 2010
  • Iceland: Sambíóin Egilshöll, 2010

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