The fishing boat Matthildur, comes to the small town where the 18-year-old Ingalo lives with her parents and younger brother. A brawl breaks out between the townspeople and the crew from Matthildur. As a consequence Ingalo leaves home.


Ingaló is helping her father on his small fishing boat, but he's an obstinate character and relations between them are tense. After a dance in the village which ends in a fight between the local people and crew of Matthildur ÍS 167, a visiting fishing boat, Ingaló and her younger brother leave home. Ingaló stays briefly in Reykjavík and has a short affair with Vilhjálmur, a man in his thirties. Sveinn has found a job on Matthildur and Ingaló is taken on as a cook. The fishing is poor and when the vessel breaks down it heads for home port, where the crew stays in derelict living quarters for seasonal workers. Ingaló finds out that Matthildur's owner and big wheel in town is none other than Vilhjálmur. Already mocked by the crew for being unable to cope with life at sea, Sveinn suffers absolute humiliation at the living quarters. Inagló is torn between her protective instincts towards Sveinn and her attraction towards Skúli, the chief engineer on Matthildur. But Skúli himself has plenty of other things on his mind, among them the new local beauty queen.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: February 8, 1992
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 96 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Ingaló
  • International Title: Ingalo
  • Production Year: 1992
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Finland, Germany
  • IMDB: Ingalo
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP with English sub. - 35mm film without sub. - 35mm film with English sub. -



Company Credits


  • Ultima Thule, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Pólland, 2016
  • Images from the Edge: Classic and Contempory Films from Iceland, Lincoln Center, New York, 2012
  • Filmfest Hamburg, Icelandic retrospective, 2011
  • Rouen: Festival des film nordiques, 1993 - Award: Best picture.
  • Mamers Film Festival, 1993
  • Tromsö International Film Festival, 1993
  • Delhi International Film Festival, 1993
  • Stockholm International Film Festival, 1993
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival, 1993
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 1993
  • Dublin International Film Festival, 1993
  • Sydney Film Festival, 1993
  • Dortmund International Women's Film Festival, 1993
  • Norræn kvikmyndahátíð í Reykjavík, 1993
  • Ales Film Festival, 1993
  • New directors-Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1993
  • International Film Festival of La Rochelle, 1993
  • San Francisco International Film Festival, 1993
  • Stuttgart Natur Film Festival, 1993
  • Troia International Film Festival, 1993 - Award: Silver Dolphin for best script (Ásdís Thoroddsen). Silver Dolphin for best actress in a leading role (Sólveig Arnarsdóttir).
  • San Remo Film Festival, 1993 - Award: Best actress in a leading role (Sólveig Arnarsdóttir).
  • Umeå Film Fest, 1993
  • OCIC-organisation catholique du cinema et de l'audiovisuel (alþjóðleg kaþólsk dómnefnd í kvikmyndum), 1993 - Award: Acknowledgement.
  • Cannes International Film Festival, 1992 - Award: Chosen for Critics week
  • Rivertown Film Festival, 1992
  • Gijón Film Festival, 1992
  • Cambridge Film Festival, 1992
  • Montréal World Film Festival, 1992
  • Hof International Film Festival, 1992
  • Lübeck Nordic Film Days, 1992
  • San Juan International Film Festival, 1992

Television distribution

  • Iceland: RÚV, 1994
  • Iceland: RÚV, 1996


  • Gjóla ehf., 2012 - DCP
  • Gjóla ehf., 2007 - DVD
  • Gjóla ehf., 1996 - VHS

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