Íslenska

Metalhead

It's the year 1970 and as Black Sabbath record their first album and mark the birth of heavy metal, Hera Karlsdottir is born on the cowshed floor at her parents farm in rural Iceland.

The years of her youth are carefree until a tragedy strikes. Her older brother is killed in a accident and Hera blames herself for his death. In her grief she finds solace in the dark music of heavy metal and dreams of becoming a rock star.

As the years pass on the farm buried under a shroud of snow and a looming ominous mountain Hera practices her guitar skills and dreams of forming a band. Hera is a rebellious, misunderstood delinquent in her early twenties who can't help but get into trouble. She dreams of escaping out into the world but somehow always ends up at her own doorstep.

When her childhood friend returns intent on marrying her and a young priest moves to the farming community the wheels of fate start turning. Hera has to grow up, find her own voice and realize she can't run away her whole life.

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    October 11, 2013
  • International Premiere Date
    September 7, 2013, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Length
    97 min.
  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Original Title
    Málmhaus
  • International Title
    Metalhead
  • Production Year
    2013
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Norway
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Color
    Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP

Company Credits

Festivals

  • 2016
    Ultima Thule, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Pólland
  • 2015
    Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi
  • 2015
    Icelandic Film Festival, Noida og Chennai, Indlandi
  • 2015
    Trondheim Metal Fest
  • 2015
    Chennai International Film Festival
  • 2014
    East End Film Festival
  • 2014
    Vera Pop Subculture Club, Norway
  • 2014
    Galway Film Fleadh
  • 2014
    Gimli Film Festival
  • 2014
    Two Riversides Art and Film Festival
  • 2014
    Espoo Ciné International Film Festival
  • 2014
    Oulu Music Video Festival
  • 2014
    Der Neue Heimatfilm Filmfestival Freistadt
  • 2014
    Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy
  • 2014
    Scanorama European Film Forum
  • 2014
    Göteborg International Film Festival
  • 2014
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • 2014
    Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • 2014
    Avvantura Festival Film Forum Zadar
  • 2014
    The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands
  • 2014
    The Northern Film Festival, Leeuwarden
  • 2014
    Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Festival
  • 2014
    Nordens Institut på Åland, Mariehamn
  • 2014
    Joensuu Rokumentti Rock Film Festival
  • 2014
    Wiesbaden Exground Film Festival
  • 2014
    Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People
  • 2014
    Berlin Nordic Film Club
  • 2014
    Black Bear Film Festival
  • 2014
    International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino
  • 2014
    Riga International Film Festival
  • 2014
    Chile Inedit International Music Film Festival
  • 2014
    Glasgow International Film Festival
  • 2014
    Febiofest
  • 2014
    Istanbul International Film Festival
  • 2014
    Atlanta Film Festival
  • 2014
    CPH PIX
  • 2014
    Titanic International Film Festival
  • 2014
    Indielisboa
  • 2014
    D'A Festival Internacional de Cinema D'autor de Barcelona
  • 2014
    Chicago International Movies & Music Festival
  • 2014
    Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival
  • 2014
    Centro Cultural Sao Paulo
  • 2014
    Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth
  • 2014
    European Film Festival, Iceland
  • 2014
    Iceland Sounds & Sagas
  • 2014
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Nominated for Special Effects of the year (Daði Einarsson og Gísli Þórólfsson). Costume Design of the year (Helga Rós V. Hannam). Make-up Achievement of the year (Steinunn Þórðardóttir). Nominated for Screenplay of the year (Ragnar Bragason). Sound Design of the year (Huldar Freyr Arnarson). Editing of the year (Valdís Óskarsdóttir). Nominated for Film of the year. Nominated for Cinematography of the year (Ágúst Jakobsson). Leading Actress of the year (Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir). Supporting Actress of the year (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir). Supporting Actor of the year (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson). Nominated for Set Design of the year (Sveinn Viðar Hjartarsson). Nominated for Director of the year (Ragnar Bragason). Musical Score of the year (Pétur Ben). Nominated for Supporting Actor of the year (Hannes Óli Ágústsson og Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson).
  • 2013
    Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2013
    Busan International Film Festival
  • 2013
    Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife