Beowulf and Grendel

Beowulf & Grendel is a medieval adventure, part legendary fable, part horror-story. Based on the seminal 9th century Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf, it tells the blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior’s battle against a great and murderous troll, Grendel, who has laid siege to the kingdom of Hrothgar, the much respected king of the Danes.

Out of allegiance to Hrothgar, Beowulf leads a troop of warriors across the sea to rid a village of the marauding monster. The monster, Grendel, is not a creature of mythic powers, but one of flesh and blood - immense flesh and raging blood, driven by a vengeance from being wronged. Beowulf’s willingness to kill on behalf of Hrothgar wavers when it becomes clear that the King is more responsible for the troll’s rampages than was first apparent. And Beowulf’s relationship with a provocative witch, Selma, creates further confusion. Swinging his sword at a stinking beast is no longer such a simple act.

The story – filmed in Iceland - plays out in a brutish Northern Europe where the reign of the many-gods is giving way to one - the southern invader, Christ. Beowulf is a man caught between sides in this great shift, his simple code transforming and falling apart before his eyes.

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About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    June 15, 2005, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Genre
    Drama, Thriller
  • Length
    104 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
  • International Title
    Beowulf and Grendel
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, England, United States, Canada, Australia
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Color
  • Sound


  • 2007
    Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
  • 2007
    Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards
  • 2007
    Genie Awards - Award: Special Award for outstanding achievement in make-up
  • 2006
    Writers Guild of Canada
  • 2005
    Toronto International Film Festival


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