Competition Programme


Iceland | 2014

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson


Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Director of photography:
Sturla Brandth Grovlen

Film Editing:
Jacob Schulsinger,
Christian Einshoj

Anton Máni Svansson,
Jacob Oliver Krarup,
Darin Mailand-Mercado,
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Production Company:
FRÆ kvikmyndir,
FRÆ Films,
Saga Film,
Fourhands Films,
Mailand-Mercado Film

Flóki Haraldsson,
Viktór Leó Gíslason,
Daníel Óskar Jóhannesson,
Jónína Þórdís Karlsdóttir,
Heiða Ósk Ólafsdóttir



A young boy wants to have his first kiss but has no luck in the village he lives in. His best friends tell him about girls in the city who get high and easy to make out with when they smoke cigarettes. He questions their story but still decides to join them to the city and find out by himself.


Director's Biography

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Gudmundur was born in 1982 in Reykjavik, Iceland. He graduated in fine arts from the Icelandic Art Academy. After this, he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. Gudmundur works as a filmmaker and a part-time teacher of film and fine arts. His short films have collected 20 international awards and over 100 nominations. Whale Valley received a Special Mention in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, the Best Short Film at Hamptons I.F.F. and a nomination for the Best Short Film to the European Film Awards, among others. Ártún received the Grand Prix for Best Short Film at Brest S.F.F and the Golden Plaque for Best Live Action/Narrative Short at Chicago I.F.F.