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Mr. Bjarnfredarson

Mr. Bjarnfredarson is the story of Georg, a hopless man, out of synch with society, who needs to find redemption before time runs out.

Based on a wildly popular and award winning television series, Mr. Bjarnfredarson is the final, stand-alone chapter in the lives of the former co-workers and friends Georg Bjarnfredarson, an over-educated know-it-all and social outcast; Daníel Saevarson, a young man who's struggling with the web of lies he's concocted to deceive his family who think he's finishing medical school; And Ólafur Ragnar, a 40 year old man-child who his still struggling to fit in with the popular crowd.

Our story starts 4 years after the original series, when Georg is released on parole after a long sentence in jail for murder. When Bjarnfredur his mother rejects him, Daniel, who Georg tried to frame for the murder, reluctantly invites him to stay at his place until he gets back on his feet. Olafur, a perpetual loser who can't hold down a job for more than a few weeks, is also staying at Daniel's house to the annoyance of Ylfa, Daniel's wife and his two sons Jón and Saevar. When these three men reconnect, all hell breaks loose.

Daniel's lies to his family are slowly and painfully revealed when he is supposed to graduate as a doctor but has instead spent his time making a video art installment about Georg. Olafur finally catches a break and gets a job on the radio but with great power comes great responsibility, especially when Georg is beginning to display romantic interest in him. Meanwhile Georg has to deal with Bjarnfredur and their past, and as his world spins out of control, Georg realizes that all his woe can be traced back to his mother, and a reckoning is inevitable.

Alongside the main story, we see Georg's youth during the seventies, when he was just a small boy. We see how his mother, a fierce feminist, communist and professional protester completely eradicated all semblance of normalcy through hyper political correctness and staunch liberalism. We in fact, see the birth of all of Georg's many dysfunctions.

Mr. Bjarnfredarson is a tragic comedy about love, lies, parenthood and everything in between.

Crew

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    December 26, 2009, Háskólabíó
  • Genre
    Drama, Comedy
  • Length
    105 min.
  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Original Title
    Bjarnfreðarson
  • International Title
    Mr. Bjarnfredarson
  • Production Year
    2009
  • Production Countries
    Iceland
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Production Format
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio
    2.35:1
  • Color
    Yes
  • Sound
    Dolby
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film with English sub. - DigiBeta with English sub. - HDCAM with English sub. -

Cast

Company Credits

Festivals

  • 2016
    Iceland Sounds & Sagas, Turku, Finnlandi
  • 2011
    Nordic Film Days, Kalingrad
  • 2011
    Taste of Iceland, Baltimore
  • 2010
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Feature Film of the Year. Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Jón Gnarr, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Screenplay of the Year (Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, Jón Gnarr, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Ragnar Bragason). Cinematography of the Year (Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson). Costume Design of the Year (Helga Rós V Hannam, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Director of the Year (Ragnar Bragason, also awarded for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Actress of the Year in a Leading Role (Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, also nominated for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Jörundur Ragnarsson,also nominated for Fangavaktin). Nominated for Set Design of the Year (Júlía Embla Katrínardóttir, Sveinn Viðar Hjartarson). Nominated for Make-up Acheivment of the Year (Áslaug Dröfn Sigurðardóttir).
  • 2010
    Göteborg International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Berlin International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Montreal World Film Festival
  • 2010
    Mill Valley Film Festival
  • 2010
    Molodist International Film Festival

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland
    Sambíóin Álfabakka, 2010
  • Iceland
    Sambíóin Kringlunni, 2010
  • Iceland
    Sambíóin Akureyri, 2010
  • Iceland
    Bíó Paradís, 2011

Releases

  • SAM myndir, 2010 - DVD