As If We Existed
As If We Existed

As If We Existed

Following the economic crash in Icelandic a young painter finds himself in a studio in Venice. Every day the same task awaits him: to paint a portrait of a beautiful male model.


The repetition and the circumstances increasingly take their toll when isolation, claustrophobia and paranoia set in. As if We Existed is an interpretation of an art piece by Ragnar Kjartansson who represented Iceland at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. His piece, The End, was a six month long performance.

About the film

  • Type: Documentary
  • National Premiere Date: November 14, 2010, Bíó Paradís
  • Length: 30 min.
  • Language: Icelandic, English
  • Original Title: Eins og við værum
  • International Title: As If We Existed
  • Production Year: 2010
  • Production Countries: Iceland
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  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 16mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Stereo



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