Eldfjall, the first movie by director Rúnar Rúnarsson, will premier at the Cannes Film Festival on 13 May.
The movie will be competing in the categories Director’s Fortnight and for the Camera d´Or award.
The story within Eldfjall concerns Hannes, a 67-year-old man who has reached retirement. Separated from his family and home, he finds himself having to take on a new role in life. The director describes the film as “a growing-up story of a man who has to choose between the past and the difficulties of the present in order to have a chance at the future.”
The main roles in the film will be played by Theodór Júlíusson, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Elma Lísa Gunnarsdóttir and Þorsteinn Bachmann.
Although this is Rúnar’s first feature-length film, since graduating from The National Film School of Denmark in 2009, his short films Smáfuglar, Anna and Síðasti bærinn have received international attention and acclaim.