White Whales

A whale-boat is making its final whaling tour of the season. It pursues and catches a whale, and then proceeds home. The men working on the boat have to find themselves different employment now that the season is over. Among the crew are two friends, Grímur and Bubbi. They are well- seasoned and experienced seamen of the kind that never puts down roots anywhere. Grímur is not the kind of man to allow much to set him off balance. When he arrives on land he heads directly for the capital where he intends to make a new start and get himself involved in the night life. With him is his faithful and rather troll-like companion, Bubbi. The film then mainly concerns itself with their efforts to make some kind of contact with what is going on in Reykjavik. Most of these attempts are pathetic: the two men are like fish on dry land. They land in all kinds of trouble, and are thrown out of one place after another. At the end of the film they break into a sports shop and arm themselves with rifles. As the police gather and surround them, they finally succeed in making their presence in the world felt. However, the turn of events is now completely out of control.

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    February 14, 1987
  • Genre
  • Length
    80 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
  • International Title
    White Whales
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
    Dolby Stereo
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP with English and German sub. -

Company Credits


  • 2012
    Images from the Edge: Classic and Contempory Films from Iceland, Lincoln Center, New York
  • 2010
    Artfilmfest International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Yerevan International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Summer Film School
  • 1988
    Brussel - Award: Selected for 1st International Film Prize
  • 1987
    Locarno - Award: Special Mention
  • 1987
    Lubeck - Award: 1st prize
  • 1987
    DV Cultural Award
  • 1987
    The Icelandic entry for the Oscar


  • Sena, 2008 - DVD