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Á annan veg | Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, 2011
Iceland | Format: DCP | 85 minutes
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Two workers are assigned to paint white lines on a distant highway. One is Finnbogi, a thirty-something slacker who’s actually been doing this job every summer for a while; the other is Alfred, a younger man with sex constantly on his brain and who happens to be the younger brother of Finnbogi’s girlfriend. At first it seems the two just can’t hit it off: every attempt at conversation ends with a thud or a quizzical look. But gradually, cracks in their respective shells begin to appear. A terrifically endearing, very wry comedy, Either Way features two standout performances by Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson (who also co-wrote the script) as Finnbogi and by Hilmar Guðjónsson as Alfred. Debut director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, a Columbia graduate, carefully accumulates details and observations about his characters, weaving them into a rich comic tapestry.