Bothersome Man, The

Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. The people around him seem cut off from any real emotion, and communicate only in superficialities. The ominous "Caretakers", who make sure the city runs smoothly, keep an increasing watch over Andreas as they find he doesn´t fit in. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there´s no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has the same longings as himself. Hugo has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to "the other side"? A new plan for escape is hatched.


About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    May 20, 2006
  • Genre
    Comedy, Drama
  • Length
    95 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Den brysomme mannen
  • International Title
    Bothersome Man, The
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Norway
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
    Dolby Digital

Company Credits


  • 2007
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Nominated for Feature Film of the Year.
  • 2007
    Göteborg International Film Festival - Award: FRIPRESCI Award.
  • 2007
    Gerardmer Film Festival Fantasticart - Award: Grand Prix. Youth Jury Award. International Press Award. SCI FI Award.
  • 2007
    Fantasporto International Film Festival - Award: Special Mention of the Jury.
  • 2007
    Cinequest Film Festival - Award: Maverick Spirit Award.
  • 2006
    Brussels European Film festival - Award: BeTV Prize of Best Film.
  • 2006
    Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival - Award: HR Giger Award for Best Fantastic Feature. Silver Melies for Best European feature.
  • 2006
    IFF Arsenals Riga
  • 2006
    Athens IFF - Award: City of Athens Best Director Award.
  • 2006
    Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya (Sitges) - Award: Best Production Design (Are Sjaastad).
  • 2006
    Hamptons International Film Festival - Award: Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Film Award. Kodak Prize for Best Cinematography (John Christian Rosenlund).
  • 2006
    Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal - Award: Jury’s Special Mention. AQCC Award.