Whale valley / HvalfJord

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The film shows a pure love story between two brothers who live in a remote Icelandic fjord with their parents. When the younger brother, a little boy, witnesses a life or death moment involving his big brother it sets in motion the possibility of either a great tragedy or a turning point to better times in both of their lives.


Denmark & Iceland
15 min

Ghent Short Film Nominee

DIRECTORGuðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Screenwriter: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Producer: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Anton Máni Svansson
Director of Photography: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Editor: Anders Skov
Production Design: Júlía Embla Katrínardóttir
Costume Design: Helga Rós V. Hannam
Sound Design: Gunnar Óskarsson
Main Cast: Einar Jóhann Valsson, Ágúst Örn B. Wigum

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Director’s statement

I couldn’t bear the idea that even today, people in power and rulers of cities exercise the same practices to a certain social phenomenon labelled as a problem, that were used 60 years ago. This is the reason why I’ve chosen to make this short, using 35mm film for the first time in my life. It was made to warn people, that it isn’t the right path!.


Director’s bio/filmography

Born in Reykjavik in 1982, he graduated in fine art from the Icelan- dic Art Academy, then moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. Guðmundur works as a filmmaker and a part- time teacher in film and video art.


Q&A with the director

How long did it take to make your short? Was it dif- ficult to get financing?

It took us about a year from story to final cut. The funding was difficult but we managed to go into shooting by getting help and support from many good people and with raising enough money to cover the uncontrollable costs. After that we could show the material and manage to fund the post-production.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “Euro- pean cinema community”?

I like the rich collaboration between countries and the variety of films being made. I believe it is very im- portant that we continue to nourish filmmaking as an art form alongside the market orientation because those two aspects combined make European cinema strong in my opinion.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

It would hopefully be a multi-screen theatre as there are so many films I would like to screen. If I have to pick one then on top of my mind comes Alain Resnais’ LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD. A beautiful cin- ema experience!

What is your next project?

It will be my feature film debut HEARTSTONE. The film is set in the beautiful yet harsh nature of Iceland and portrays the journey of friendship and love that two boys go through as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend.




15 nominations, 9 wins

whale valley 4.Brest European Short Film Festival 2013

Won Special European Jury Prize

. Cannes Film Festival 2013

Won Special Mention Short Film

. Chicago International Film Festival 2013

Won Special Mention Short Film Competition: Live Action

. Edda Awards, Iceland 2014

Won Edda Award Short Film of the Year (Stuttmynd ársins)

. Ghent International Film Festival 2013

Won Best European Short Film

. Hamptons International Film Festival 2013

Won Golden Starfish Award Short

. Reykjavik International Film Festival 2013

Won Best Icelandic Short Best Short

. RiverRun International Film Festival 2014

Won Special Jury Prize Special Jury Prize for Emotional Authenticity, Narrative Short

. Warsaw International Film Festival 2013

Won Best Live Action Short

“For outstanding cinematographic expression of a human relationship, with a extremely perceptive direction and remarkable cast performance.”



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On the web

On the web

. Official website

European Film Adwards


video trailer

. review on


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