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Vanskabte Land

Hlynur Pálmason | 2022 | 143 MINS
Denmark/Iceland | Subtitles
International Panorama: Denmark

At the end of the 19th century, a young Danish priest is sent to a remote part of Iceland. The deeper he travels into the Icelandic landscape, the more he loses a sense of his own reality, his mission and his sense of duty.

In Detail

The struggle between the strictures of religion and our own brute animal nature plays out amid the beautifully forbidding landscapes of remote Iceland in this stunning psychological epic from director Hlynur Pálmason.

In the late nineteenth century, Danish priest Lucas (Elliott Crosset Hove) makes the perilous trek to Iceland’s south-eastern coast with the intention of establishing a church.

There, the arrogant man of God finds his resolve tested as he confronts the harsh terrain, temptations of the flesh, and the reality of being an intruder in an unforgiving land. Absolutely breathtaking cinematography captures the unassuming beauty of Iceland.

Peter Bradshaw from 'The Guardian' says:
"I left the cinema dazed and elated by its artistry; it is breathtaking in its epic scale, magnificent in its comprehension of landscape, piercingly uncomfortable in its human intimacy and severity."

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