Images from the Edge: Classic and Contemporary Icelandic Cinema

Volcano

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Volcano
Eldfjall | Rúnar Rúnarsson, 2011
Iceland | Format: 35mm | 95 minutes

Selected for the 2011 Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Volcano offers a tender look at aging as well as a lesson that it’s never too late to change. Hannes has just retired after 37 years working as a janitor. A distant man with little relationship to his family, he’s incapable of imagining what to do with the rest of his life; then one evening during dinner, his wife collapses, the victim of a stroke. The doctors give her little chance to live, but Hannes insists on bringing her home and caring for her himself. Hannes’ gradual transformation is beautifully expressed by actor Theodór Júlíusson, who reveals the slow emotional awakening of a long-dormant man.

Series: Images from the Edge: Classic and Contemporary Icelandic Cinema

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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