Children 2006


“Children is an impressive work of art that leaves the viewer deeply affected”
Pall Baldvin Baldvinsson – DV 
****

“An Icelandic masterpiece……a film everyone should see…”
Olafur H. Torfason – Ras 2  ****

“Children makes tough but compelling viewing……Reykjavik has never been shown like that before”
VARIETY  *****

“Finally Finally. We now have a Icelandic film that matters”
Jon Gnarr – Frettabladid

VESTURPORT in co-operation with ARTBOX, KLIKK PRODUCTIONS and KOGGULL FILMWORKS presents

CHILDREN a film by RAGNAR BRAGASON

Karitas is a single mother of four who desperately tries to make ends meet. Fighting a loosing battle with her ex-husband for custody over her three daughters, she’s oblivious to what’s going on with her twelve year old son Gudmund, a victim of brutal bullying at school and who’s life is on the fast track to destruction.

Gudmund’s only friend in the world is Marinó, a schizophrenic in his fourties, who lives with his mother in the same apartment building. When Marinó realizes that his mother has secretly been dating a stranger, Marinó starts to loose grip on reality.

Gardar is an underworld enforcer who makes a mess at work and as a result his twin brother Georg is beaten up. Exiled both from the underworld and his family, Gardar has to make a fresh start in life. He decides to seek out his son Gudmund whom he has never seen but the straight and narrow is a tough path to follow.

CHILDREN is the independent first part of twin features by Ragnar Bragason and Vesturport exploring the roles of children and parents.

Running time: 93 min
Language: Icelandic/German
Subtitles: Icelandic/English/Spanish/Danish

Release Date: 9 September 2006 (Iceland)
Children & Parents came out on  DVD 4th December 2008

Awards:
-BEST film – The Golden Swan, Copenhagen International Film Festival
-BEST film – Transylvania International Film Festival
-BEST screenplay  - EDDA Awards – The Icelandic Film and TV awards
-Official submission from Iceland to the 2007 Academy Awards,
in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

-CHILDREN – wins Best Film at Copenhagen International Film Festival
-CHILDREN – “Best Director” Transilvania
-CHILDREN one of ten best European films 2006!
-CHILDREN is awarded ‘Special Jury Prize’ at COURMAYEUR NOIR

Children on IMDB

Cast

Garðar
Gisli Örn Gardarsson

Karitas
Nina Dogg Filippusdottir

Marino
Olafur Darri Olafsson

Guðmundur
Andri Snaer Helgason

Franka
Hanna Maria Karlsdottir

Kristin
Margret Helga Johannesdottir

Gunnar
Sigurdur Skulason

Stefan
Erlendur Eiriksson

Creative team

DIRECTOR
Ragnar Bragason

WRITERS
Ragnar Bragason
Nina Dogg Filippusdottir
Gisli Örn Gardarsson
Olafur Darri Olafsson

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Kristin Olafsdottir

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson

ORGINAL MUSIC BY
Petur Thor Benediktsson

EDITED BY
Sverrir Kristjansson

SOUND DESIGN
Huldar Freyr Arnarsson


LINE PRODUCER
Hlynur Kristjansson

PRODUCED BY
Ragnar Bragason
Nina Dogg Filippusdottir
Gisli Örn Gardarsson
Hlynur Kristjansson
Vikingur Kristjansson
Nanna Kristin Magnusdottir
Kristin Olafsdottir
Olafur Darri Olafsson
Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson

PHOTO STILLS
EDDI