The film depicts the last year of Agnes's life, when she first meets and falls passionately in love with Natan, a seductive man of knowledge and mystique. Agnes soon realizes that she is just one of Natan's many mistresses, and is clearly dispensable. Her love for Natan turns to cold hatred.


In a barren land ruled by oppression and ignorance, a spirited woman driven by hope of a better life must fight against the odds. Agnes is a servant in the house of the county sheriff. There she is constantly sexually harassed by him and treated with contempt by his wife. Agnes falls in love with Natan, a self taught homeopathic doctor. The sheriff takes revenge on Natan by making it illegal for him to practice his profession. The dramatic relationship between the three main characters ultimately leads to a fatal web of events where a love affair turns into a nightmare of brutality and destruction.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: December 22, 1995, Laugarásbíó
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 106 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Agnes
  • International Title: Agnes
  • Production Year: 1995
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Denmark, Germany
  • IMDB: Agnes
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Stereo SR
  • Screening format and subtitles: 35 mm film with French sub. - Betacam SP with English sub.



Company Credits


  • Filmfest Hamburg, Icelandic retrospective, 2011
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 1997
  • Verona Love Screens Film Festival, 1996 - Award: Best Actress (María Ellingsen)
  • Berlin International Film Festival, 1996
  • Panorama, 1996
  • Seattle International Film Festival, 1996
  • Prague International Film Festival, 1996
  • Copenhagen Film Festival, 1996
  • Haifa International Film Festival, 1996
  • Mill Valley Film Festival, 1996
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 1996
  • The Hamptons Film Festival, 1996
  • Denver Film Festival, 1996
  • Flanders Film Festival-Ghent, 1996
  • Valladoild International Film Festival, 1996
  • Ljubljana Film Fest, 1996

Television distribution

  • Iceland: RÚV, 1998


  • Myndform, 1996 - VHS

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