Cold Light

What could be better than knowing your future? And what could be worse? A love-filled childhood abruptly ends when catastrophe descends. One that the child had foreseen yet failed to act upon. A 40-year-old man hides in a self-made prison of mundane life. The film opens as he finally becomes resolved to dare gaze at, and come to terms with someone's totally different life, his unthinkable past. He turbulently sheds the cobwebs to find that light and happiness has been waiting for him. And this potentially cold cinematic knock on life's door becomes a defiantly uplifting work of art.

Cold Light is a warm story painted by chilling clairvoyance.


About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    January 1, 2004
  • Genre
  • Length
    96 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
  • International Title
    Cold Light
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Based on a
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP with English and German sub. -


  • 2016
    Ultima Thule, ýmsir sýningarstaðir, Pólland
  • 2009
    Festival Intertational Mar del Plata
  • 2005
    Academy Awards - Award: Iceland´s Entry for Best Foreign language Film
  • 2005
    Scermi' Amore Film Festival - Award: Best Picture. Audience Award. Best Cinematography..
  • 2005
    Febio Film Festival
  • 2004
    Festroia Int. Film Festival - Award: Best New Talent (Áslákur Ingvarsson).Silver Dolphin for Best Actor (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson). Nominated for the Golden Dolphin for Best Film.
  • 2004
    Jameson People's Choice Awards/European Film Awards - Award: Nominated for Best European Director. Nominated for Best European Actor (Ingvar E Sigurdsson).
  • 2004
    Autrans Int. Film Festival "Mountain & Adventure" - Award: Spécial du Jury.
  • 2004
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Feature Film of the Year. Actor in a Leading Role (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson). Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role (Kristbjörg Kjeld). Cinematography of the Year (Sigurdur Sverrir Pálsson). Nominated for Actor of the Year in a Leading Role (Áslakur Ingvarsson). Nominated for Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role. (Helga Braga Jónsdóttir & Snæfríður Ingvarsdóttir).
  • 2004
    Art Film Festival - Award: Golden Key for Best Director.
  • 2004
    Göteborg Film Festival
  • 2004
    Warsaw Film Festival
  • 2004
    Film by the Sea Film Festival
  • 2004
    Karlovy Vary Film Festival
  • 2004
    Philadelphia International Film Festival
  • 2004
    Festival du Film de Mar del Plata - Award: Catholic "Signis" Award. Nominated for Best Film.
  • 2004
    International Film Festival


  • Sena, 2008 - DVD
  • Sam-myndbönd, 2004 - DVD