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Dreamland

Dreamland is a film about a nation standing at cross-roads. Leading up to the country’s greatest economic crisis, the government started the largest mega project in the history of Iceland, to build the biggest dam in Europe to provide Alcoa cheap electricity for an aluminum smelter in the rugged east fjords of Iceland. The mantra was economic growth. Today Iceland is left holding a huge dept and an uncertain future.

Dreamland is a film about exploitation of natural resources and as Icelanders have learned clean energy does not come without consequence. Iceland is a country blessed with an abundance of clean, renewable, hydro-electric and geothermal energy. Clean energy brings in polluting industry and international corporations.

Dreamland tells the story of a nation with abundance of choices gradually becoming caught up in a plan to turn its wilderness and beautiful nature into a massive system of hydro-electric and geothermal power plants with dams and reservoirs, built to power the increasing heavy industry that will soon make Iceland the largest aluminum smelter in the world.

This highly controversial matter goes largely unnoticed by the public until the plans are already in action and the industrial machine has been turned on. Although most Icelanders are against the idea of turning Iceland into the world’s biggest smelter of aluminum the locals where the smelters are meant to be built, celebrate the idea of increasing investment in their region and more jobs. For decades they have been getting desperate, facing depopulation as the young generation finds education and better jobs in the capital.

This multilayered story is also the story of a small nation’s continuing struggle for its independence, and today from multinational companies roaming the world. We try to grasp peoples fear for the future. The insecurity created by the constant news of looming economic slowdown, and uncertain future.

The question remains, how much unspoiled nature should we preserve and what do we sacrifice for clean, renewable energy? Dreamland gradually turns into a disturbing picture of corporate power taking over nature and small communities. It’s the dark side of green energy.

About the film

  • Type
    Documentary
  • National Premiere Date
    April 8, 2009, Háskólabíó
  • Length
    89 min.
  • Language
    Icelandic, English
  • Original Title
    Draumalandið
  • International Title
    Dreamland
  • Production Year
    2009
  • Production Countries
    Iceland
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Based on a
    Non-fiction work
  • Production Format
    35mm, 16mm, 8mm, HD, DV
  • Aspect Ratio
    16:9
  • Color
    Yes
  • Sound
    Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film with English sub. - 35mm film without sub. - DigiBeta with English sub. Blu Ray with; English sub.

Company Credits

Festivals

  • 2016
    Mirgorod Film Festival, Poltava, Úkraína
  • 2015
    Culture Unplugged Festival
  • 2015
    Culturescapes, Basel
  • 2014
    Icelandic Literature Summer, Schleswig-Holstein
  • 2014
    Gallery Verkligheten
  • 2012
    Doclisboa International Film Festival, Portugal
  • 2012
    Images from the Edge: Classic and Contemporary Films from Iceland, Lincoln Center, New York
  • 2011
    ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth - Award: Best Documentary Film.
  • 2011
    Cinemateket, Oslo
  • 2011
    Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland.
  • 2010
    DocPoint-Helsinki Documentary Festival, Finland
  • 2010
    Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden
  • 2010
    Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival, Oslo, Norway
  • 2010
    North Atlantic Movie Days, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2010
    Hot Docs, World Showcase, Toronto, Canada
  • 2010
    Doc Aviv Tel Aviv Documentary Film Festival, Israel
  • 2010
    DOXA, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2010
    Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, Icelandic and Norwegian Day, Poland
  • 2010
    Cinema Politica, Montreal
  • 2010
    Cinema Politica, Toronto
  • 2010
    Balkankult Nordisk Panorama
  • 2010
    Vera Documentary Film Festival
  • 2010
    Nordic Film Festival in Rouen
  • 2010
    Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • 2010
    Eurodok
  • 2010
    Planete Doc Review Film Festival
  • 2010
    Green Film Festival in Seoul
  • 2010
    H2O Film Festival
  • 2010
    Transilvania International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival
  • 2010
    Eco Film Festival
  • 2010
    Dokumentarist
  • 2010
    Gimli Film Festival
  • 2010
    Dokufest, Kosovo
  • 2010
    Camden International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Filmfest Hamburg
  • 2010
    San Francisco Documentary Festival
  • 2010
    CNEX Documentary Film Festival
  • 2010
    Zagreb International Film Festival
  • 2010
    DokMa
  • 2010
    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
  • 2010
    Leeds International Film Festival
  • 2010
    One World Film Festival
  • 2010
    Memorimage International Documentary Film Festival
  • 2010
    Noordelkjik Film Festival
  • 2010
    Nordic Art and Culture, Manchester
  • 2010
    Scanorama European Film Forum
  • 2010
    Ronda International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Documentary of the Year. Nominated for Film Score of the Year (Valgeir Sigurðsson). Nominated for Sound Design of the Year (Kjartan Kjartansson, Björn Viktorsson). Nominated for Director of the Year (Þorfinnur Guðnason, Andri Snær Magnason).
  • 2010
    Off Plus Camera, Nordic Horizon
  • 2009
    Nordisk Panorama, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 2009
    IDFA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2009
    Haugesund, Norway

Releases

  • Sena, 2009 - DVD


Trailer