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Australian Premiere
18+ (exemption)
Icelandic with English subtitles
Iceland | Drama | 2016 | 129'
Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Cast: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Gunnar Jónsson, Søren Malling, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir

The winner of 26 international awards at film festivals, Heartstone is an emotionally driven, beautifully crafted film that follows the lives of a group of youths as they explore sexuality and maturity over a summer in a small Icelandic village.

Thor and Christian are inseparable best friends. They fish, destroy old cars, and count the hairs growing on their chests. Christian is the elder of the pair and more protective. They are always together but when they start to go out with local girls Beth and Hanna, things change. Thor discovers love but Christian feels increasingly close to his friend. As another winter approaches, nature bears witness to the end of a carefree summer. The film takes us inside this place full of contrast, from the warm sun streaking the landscape to the rain and wind battering down, where young kids come to discover how nature and people can be both beautiful and incredibly cruel. Seasoned cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Rams, Scandi FF 2015) paints a beautiful and breathtaking portrait of Iceland in transition through the eyes of the young protagonists.

Heartstone features tour de force performances from a young cast who bring a raw, fearless energy to this coming-of-age tale.
Toronto Film Scene
Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Edda Awards (Iceland) 2017
Lorens Award for Best Producer, Göteborg Film Festival 2017
Best Director of a Film Debut, Venice Film Festival 2016
Best Director, Warsaw International Film Festival 2016