Summer Children

Eydís (6) and Kári (5) are sent to a children’s home in the countryside after their parents’ marriage falls apart. Eydís is sure that their stay will be short and their mother will come and get them. But time passes, the days go by and the children are disappointed time and time again. The children’s emotional needs are completely ignored. The head nanny can’t stand Eydís’s optimism and joie de vivre, which doesn’t take a hit no matter how mean the staff is to her. One fall day, as Eydís and Kári watch the summer children return to their homes, hope seems lost. But Eydís doesn’t give up and eventually finds a way out. With her cleverness, drive and concern for her brother she plans their escape. However, they have a long way to go and the harsh landscape and cold weather to conquer.

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    October 12, 2017, Bíó Paradís
  • Genre
    Family, Drama
  • Length
    84 min.
  • Language
    Icelandic, German
  • Original Title
  • International Title
    Summer Children
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Norway
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP, English subtitles.

Company Credits


  • 2019
    Tokyo Northern Light Festival
  • 2018
    Scandinavian Film Festival LA
  • 2018
    Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival
  • 2018
    FIFEM - Montreal International Children's Film Festival - Award: INIS Award.
  • 2018
    Titanic Budapest International Film Festival
  • 2018
    Zlín Film Festival
  • 2018
    Riga International Film Festival
  • 2018
    Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival
  • 2018
    Cinekid Festival
  • 2018
    Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival
  • 2018
    Noordelijik Film Festival, Holland
  • 2018
    Valencia International Children‘s Film Festival
  • 2018
    XIII International Film Festival Within the Family, Rússland - Award: Awards: Audience award
  • 2018
    International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Þýskaland
  • 2018
    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck - Award: Children’s and Youth Film Award of the Gemeinnützige Sparkassenstiftung
  • 2017
    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
  • 2017
    The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund