Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Quake
(Skjálfti)

Year: 2021
Country: ICELAND
Language: Icelandic
Run Time: 104 minutes

Quake
Quake
Quake
Quake

While walking through a park with her six-year-old son, Ívar, Saga experiences an epileptic fit, terrifying her son and causing partial memory loss. Fearful she will be labeled an unfit mother, Saga endeavors to hide the extent of her condition from her family and Ívar’s father. While the people around her question her parenting ability, Saga fights to keep custody of her son, still reeling from the missing patches in her memory. Meanwhile, as she grapples with repressed memories from a childhood trauma that has resurfaced, Saga turns inward, uncovering vague, painful memories from childhood. When the truth comes to light, she is forced to confront the demons of her past and open up her previously insular life to those around her for love and support. Immersive throughout, QUAKE is a film both heartbreaking and soothing about the fears of motherhood and the boundless connection of family. —J.H.

Content Warning: This film contains material that may be difficult for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

CIFF46 Screenings

Westfield Studio Theatre

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 4:55 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Competitions
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition

Director
Tinna Hrafnsdóttir

Producer
Hlín Jóhannesdóttir

Screenwriting
Tinna Hrafnsdóttir

Cinematography
Tómas Örn Tómasson

Editing
David Alexander Corno

Principal Cast
Anita Briem, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, Edda Björgvinsdóttir

Film Contact

Community Partner

Swedish Cultural Society

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