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An off duty police begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his recently dead wife. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.
(NR, 109 min.)


In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason "engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” (The Hollywood Reporter).[Film Movement]

Starring: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Director: Hlynur Palmason
Languages: Icelandic
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller

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"[A] tale of spellbinding and perturbing beauty."

— Leonardo Goi, MUBI

"..a gripping, ruminative drama of grief and revenge."

— Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

"The Oscars should have made room for the intense and elemental A White, White Day."

— Mike D'Angelo, AV Club

"I’m convinced that A White, White Day is the work of one of the most important voices of this emerging generation."

— Peter Debruge, Variety

"An offbeat, artful exploration of Icelandic angst ... it's gorgeously shot, and the actors bring a bracing complexity to their roles."

— Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

"For a movie that is able to be simple and mysterious at the same time, A White, White Day is a good character study of a man with a cold soul longing for answers."

— Owel Peraz, High On Films

"The imposing, powerfully built Sigurdsson commandingly holds center screen throughout. Palmason engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and freshly thoughtout, marking him as a talent to watch."

— Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

""A White, White Day is a masterful examination of how a person can slowly unravel, how the pressures of daily life, extraordinary events, grief, and pain can multiply and result in astonishing and terrible acts, even in the face of those we love. A slow-burn thriller that will leave you shocked and surprised as it creeps under your skin."

— Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Screen Anarchy

"A White, White Day, Hlynur Palmason’s bold follow-up to his striking debut Winter Brothers, demonstrates a keen awareness of genre film tropes, taking an ordinary tale of vengeance and choking any sense of pulp or melodrama out of its veins, leaving only the psychological journey of one man trying to make sense of a world that offers no answers."

— Alex Lines, Film Inquiry

"A taciturn former policeman in a small Icelandic enclave grows more complex before our eyes in the visually arresting and emotionally rewarding A White, White Day. A flesh and blood catalogue of ways to be masculine, from tender with his granddaughter to robustly no-nonsense with a weapon, Ingimundur is a fascinating character, splendidly portrayed."

— Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

"It is rare that something so honest, devoid of unnecessary hyperbole, overworked drama and quick plot progression graces the silver screen. The convincing performances, breathtaking scenery captured in an understated eeriness by cinematographer Maria von Hausswolff, and the sheer humanness of A White, White Day told through Palmason’s eyes transport you to an isolated little Icelandic town where perhaps, just perhaps, the veil opens in the fog."

— Sarah Burley, The Upside News

"As darkly comic as it is foreboding–and boasting an outrageously rich and nuanced central performance from the great Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurdsson, who plays the larger than life Ingimunder, a man more than capable of living up to the scale of his own name–A White, White Day takes the tropes of a psychological thriller but presents them with a virtuosic and austere visual flare. The film’s second shot alone–after that doomed misty drive–is a marvel, a time-lapse image of an isolated farmhouse as it weathers the changing of the seasons."

— Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage