BNFF 2018: Heartstone (Iceland)

Original Title: Hjartasteinn
Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
2016, 129 mins.
Icelandic with English subtitles

Heartstone is a coming-of-age drama set in a small fishing village in Iceland. It follows the story of two 14-year-old boys named Thor and Christian, who have formed a friendship due to their mutually harsh family lives. Thor is constantly harassed by his older sisters, while his mother is indifferent to his well-being. Christian’s life is similar; his father is an abusive, homophobic alcoholic. The two bond over their shared struggles and form a meaningful relationship, the only real one they’ve ever had with anyone. Their friendship is interrupted, however, when they meet two girls in town and Thor forms a romantic relationship with one of them. It’s only then that Christian realizes that his feelings for Thor are beyond friendship and that he is in love with his best friend. He wrestles with his feelings and whether or not to share them. Christian and Thor are soon faced with the harsh realities of their relationship, and the cruelness of the town they live in.

Bright Lights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival

This March the CFI, in collaboration with the Baltic-Nordic embassies, presents the 8th iteration of Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. These eight contemporary films ⎯ never before seen in Ottawa ⎯ highlight the unique perspective one can only see by standing at the top of the world. The Bright Nights festival presents a collection of films that juxtapose the bleak, the dark, and the edgy with the hilarious, the eclectic, the personal, and always the intriguing. These incredible stories form a festival unlike any other, and an opportunity that comes only once a year.