Love Story

The story begins in New York City, when our protagonist - Solange, 30’s - arrives home one night to find that her boyfriend has disappeared. He is Icelandic, a writer, but hasn’t written much lately and we soon find out that he’s been suffering from the onset of a mental illness. Solange receives a phone call from Baldur where he tells her that he is in Iceland. He doesn't explain why he left, he doesn't even sound like himself, and eventually hangs up on her. Solange is deeply disturbed by this and decides to follow him to Iceland. But once there she finds out that he has been hospitalized in a mental asylum. When Solange finally makes it to Baldur - her destination - he is lying in his room, drugged to the point of immobility.

Solange goes to Baldur's family for answers. But they are cold and unsympathetic to Solange's love for their son. The doctors mention Baldur’s violent tendencies, but Solange has never seen that side of him. This madhouse is no place for him, and each time she visits the hospital this feeling of injustice increases: Baldur is indeed very “sane” next to the other patients. After countless failed attempts at communication with the various authorities, Solange realizes that she will have to take things into her own hands, for better or for worse.

About the film

  • Type
    Short Film
  • National Premiere Date
    September 29, 2012, Bíó Paradís
  • Genre
  • Length
    17 min.
  • Language
    English, Icelandic
  • Original Title
  • International Title
    Love Story
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, United States
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
    Sony F3
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
    Black & white
  • Sound
  • Screening format and subtitles
    HDCAM / Blu-Ray / MOV w. English subtitles

Company Credits


  • 2014
    Brest European Short Film Festival
  • 2013
    Sled Island Music and Arts Festival, Calgary, Canada
  • 2013
    Hafizasi Screening Series, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2013
    Sequence Short-film Festival, Toulouse, France
  • 2013
    Cork Film Festival
  • 2013
    Nordisk Panorama, Malmö, Sweden
  • 2013
    Love & Anarchy - Helsinki International Film Festival
  • 2013
    Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival - Award: In International Competition.
  • 2013
    Woods Hole Film Festival, Cape Cod, USA - Award: In International Competition.
  • 2013
    Open Place International Short Film Festival, Latvia - Award: In International Competition.
  • 2013
    Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series - Award: In International Competition.
  • 2013
    Gimli Film Festival
  • 2013
    Palm Springs International Shortfest - Award: In Competition.
  • 2013
    River Film Festival, Padova, Italy - Award: In International Competition.
  • 2013
    Maryland Film Festival
  • 2013
    Kyiv International Short Film Festival
  • 2013
    Rome Independent Film Festival - Award: In International Competition.
  • 2013
    Aubagne International Film Festival
  • 2013
    Altkirch International Short Film Festival - Award: In International Competition.
  • 2013
    Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondheim, Norway - Award: In Nordic Competition.
  • 2013
    Clermont-Ferrand - Award: In International Competition.
  • 2012
    Reykjavik International Film Festival - Award: Jury Special Mention Award.
  • 2012
    Raindance Film Festival