Mood and tension: A White, White Day by Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason is coming out

In an exclusive Minsk release there will be shown A White, White Day – a harsh Scandinavian thriller and an emotional story about grief, revenge and undoubted love. Hlynur Pálmason creates a tense plot and experiments with colour, composition and rhythm. The picture has already been awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated by Iceland for the Academy Awards. You can see A White, White Day from March 19 to April 1 at the Falcon Club Cinema Boutique.

Белый, белый день

A widowed police chief from a provincial Icelandic town suggests that his wife, who died in a car accident, was unfaithful to him. Gradually, he becomes obsessed with the idea to learn the truth, and inevitably endangers himself and his loved ones.

Hlynur Pálmason was inspired by the series of photos “White Day” and by the Icelandic proverb “On a really bright day, when there is no more difference between the earth and sky, the dead can talk to us, still alive”. 

“I started working on the series of photos called “White Day” in 2007, when I was taking pictures of people and landscapes during a snowstorm. The images were almost white, both due to the exposure and due to the way I developed the film. I wanted the negative to be almost white, and then try to extract information from it while developing. While working on this series, a story began to appear, which eventually took the form of a feature film,” the director says.

Hlynur Pálmason is a notable figure in the modern Scandinavian cinema. He became famous as a video artist, and attracted the attention of film critics and viewers with his debut film Winter Brothers at the Locarno Film Festival in 2017. The same year his debut work took part in the MIFF “Listapad” in the “Youth on the March” Competition. Last autumn Winter Brothers was shown in Minsk cinemas.

A White, White Day is Pálmason’s second full-length film. The world premiere of the film took place in the International Critics' Week section of the Cannes Film Festival. Thriller took part in 17 international film forums, including festivals in Karlovy Vary, London and Goteborg. In Cannes, the leading actor Ingvar Sigurdsson received the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award. He also was nominated for the European Film Academy Award as Best Actor.

Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson is known for his roles in the films The Oath, Sparrows, Of Horses and Men and Angels of the Universe, as well as in the Hollywood films Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Justice League and Everest. The actor received Best European Actor Award from the European Film Academy and 7 Edda Awards as Best Actor. In 2015, Sigurdsson took part in the 22nd MIFF “Listapad” as a Jury member of the “Youth on the March” Competition.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that “A White, White Day resembles a cinematic version of The Scream by Edward Munch”. “Pálmason tells us a deliberate, but to no extent boring story about feelings, hidden amid magnificent landscapes,” Screen Daily summarizes. “Hlynur Pálmason creates his second film as a skillful director, who completely controls the mood and tension – the two fundamental features that make his film so good,” Film Inquiry says.