A White, White Day: Mon | February 10 | 6:15 PM | SilverCity #3
A White, White Day: Tue | February 11 | 7:45 PM | The Vic
Subtle + Enveloping + Insightful
In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief, whose wife died in a tragic accident, begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with her.
The rugged lead is as compelling as the landscape he fits so well within. In A White, White Day, director Pálmason examines the type of traditional male masculinity that tends to inhabit such remote environments by following Ingimundur (Ingvar Sigurðsson) as he investigates the life of a woman he thought he knew. Sigurðsson, one of Iceland’s greatest actors, plays the grieving widower with great subtlety as he shifts between stoicism and small glimpses of who he was before the accident, as reflected in his interactions with his granddaughter (Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir).
Playing with metaphor – the landscape, the house that Ingimundur can’t finish – Pálmason
pushes the story to unexpected lengths both dramatically and stylistically as he creates a powerful examination of a man in pain who has no culturally acceptable way to express himself.
From the opening sequence, cinematographer Maria von Hausswolff puts on screen a remarkable sense of Iceland. It’s as if her camera along with Pálmason’s vision has captured the breath of the place. – Kathy Kay
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