Good Heart, The

Lucas is a homeless boy living in a cardboard box under the Brooklyn Bridge. His existence has come to a dead-end but his pathetic attempt to commit suicide fails. At the hospital Lucas is introduced to Jacques, a grumpy bar-owner whose unhealthy lifestyle has brought him five heart attacks. Since he has not many years to live and no family, Jacques takes Lucas under his wing with the intention of having him continue his legacy.

Everything is going according to plan, but when the drunken stewardess, April, enters the bar, things start to go off track.


About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    March 5, 2010, Háskólabíó
  • International Premiere Date
    September 11, 2009, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Genre
    Drama, Comedy
  • Length
    90 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Good Heart, The
  • International Title
    Good Heart, The
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Denmark, Germany, France, United States
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
    Dolby Stereo SR
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film without sub. - DigiBeta without sub.


  • 2018
    Tokyo Northern Lights Festival
  • 2016
    Northern Lights Film Festival, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Hvíta-Rússlandi
  • 2013
    Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico
  • 2013
    Icelandic Films, Copehagen, Denmark and Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2013
    Tokyo Northern Lights Film Festival, Japan
  • 2011
    Galway Film Fleadh
  • 2011
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Costume Design of the Year (Helga Rós V Hannam). Director of the Year. Screenplay of the Year (Dagur Kári). make-up Achievement of the Year (Ásta Hafþórsdóttir, Stefán Jörgen Ágústsson). Set design of the Year (Hálfdán Pedersen). Nominated for Sound Design of the Year (Ingvar Lundberg, Kjartan Kjartansson). Nominated for Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Brian Cox). Nominated for Film Score of the Year (Slowblow). Nominated for Featuer Film of the year. Nominated for Cinematography of the Year (Rasmus videbæk). Nominated for Editor of the Year (Andri Steinn Guðmundsson).
  • 2011
    Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
  • 2010
    Göteborg International Film Festival
  • 2010
    SXSW Film Festival - Award: Festival Favorites
  • 2010
    Off Plus Camera
  • 2010
    Summer Film School
  • 2010
    North Cape Film Festival
  • 2010
    Kvikmyndaverðlaun Norðurlandaráðs / Nordic Film Prize - Award: Nominated
  • 2010
    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
  • 2010
    Scanorama European Film Forum
  • 2009
    Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2009
    Pusan International Film Festival
  • 2009
    Gijon International Film Festival

Television distribution

  • Iceland
    RÚV, 2011

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland
    Háskólabíó, 2010
  • Iceland
    Smárabíó, 2010
  • Iceland
    Regnboginn, 2010
  • Iceland
    Bíó Paradís, 2010
  • Iceland
    Bíó Paradís, 2011


  • Magnolia Pictures, 2010 - DVD