Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

HEARTSTONE
(Hjartasteinn)

 

Year: 2016
Country: ICELAND, DENMARK
Run Time: 129 minutes

HEARTSTONE
HEARTSTONE
HEARTSTONE
HEARTSTONE

In a small town on the jagged coast of Iceland, two young boys are navigating the icy waters of adolescence. Best friends Thor and Christian, both from deeply dysfunctional homes, are stumbling through these awkward transitions in a place that offers little opportunity but to roam aimlessly and find trouble. Thor is discovering new feelings toward a female friend, as well as a deepening sexual attraction. Christian is discovering identical feelings for Thor—something that is frightening to him in a place where everyone knows each other and talks. Christian’s alcoholic father has just attacked a man on suspicion of being gay, forcing Christian to bury his feelings even deeper. As the long winter approaches and the first snow begins to fall, a shocking event will hurl both boys toward the realities of adulthood and leave one on the brink of survival. Evocative cinematography and a talented young cast help HEARTSTONE capture both the pain and beauty of young sexual exploration with unsparing honesty and compassion. (In Icelandic with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Sidebar
10% CINEMA

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Director
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson was born in 1982 in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is a writer, producer, editor, and director. In addition to awards won for his short films, HEARTSTONE has won several awards at multiple festivals.

Filmography
HEARTSTONE (2016)

Producers
Lars Bjørn Hansen, Lars Bredo Rahbek

Screenwriting
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Cinematography
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Editing
Anne Østerud, Janus Billeskov Jansen

Principal Cast
Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir

Community Partner

Nobel Monitor Lodge 130— VASA Club

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