NÓI ALBINÓI

by Dagur Kàri

Iceland, 2002, 93', colour



Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17-year-old Nói drifts through life on a remote Fjord in the North of Iceland. In winter, the Fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Nói dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with Iris, a city girl who works in a local gas station. But his clumsy attempts at escape spiral out of control and end in complete failure. Only a natural disaster will shatter Nói’s universe and offer him a window into a better world.

Reviews

"The highlight of this 32nd edition is an Islandic film, called NÓI ALBINÓI. The humor is always present. Though we find ourselves laughing a lot, NÓI ALBINÓI remains a film about desperation, the imprint of the Nordic blues that has made the reputation of Aki Kaurismaki."
Edouard Waintrop, LIBERATION

"Icelandic cinema digs out a major new talent with NÓI ALBINÓI, the feature debut of award-winning short filmmaker Dagur Kári. The film
communicates directly with auds through an inspired mix of realism, humor and metaphor."
Deborah Young, VARIETY

"has the power of timeless myth"
David Gritten, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

"A treat. (...) Kári has been compared to Aki Kaurismaki (...) but that little bit funnier."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"It is the rare film that manages to be both an artistic breakthrough and an audience pleaser."
Ryan Werner, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"An optical feast, Dagur Kári’s NÓI ALBINÓI freezes the glittering whites and aquas of near empty Icelandic fjord and throws in a few priceless sight gags to boot in its deadpan study of hypothermic adolescent listlessness."
Jessica Winter, THE VILLAGE VOICE

"(...) a poetic tale, funny and melancholic. (...) NÓI ALBINÓI immerses the audience in an idealistic fantasmagory around a very attaching main character."
Isabelle Regnier, LE MONDE

"One of those films that seems absolutely of their own place and yet curiously cosmopolitan. With its characteristically Nordic comic
melancholia and strikingly photographed scenery, it could not have made anywhere else but in Iceland"
Jonathan Romney, SCREEN DAILY

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Dagur Kàri

 

Dagur Kári, born 1973, is an Icelandic film director.  Dagur graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999. His first feature film NÓI ALBÍNÓI was released in 2003 and won several international awards. His second film DARK HORSE was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, he finished his first English language film THE GOOD HEART.

 

FILMOGRAPHY


2009 THE GOOD HEART, Fiction, 99 min.
2005 DARK HORSE (VOKSNE MENNESKER), Fiction, 109 min.
2003 NÓI ALBINOI, Fiction, 82 min.
2000 LOST WEEKEND, Fiction, 35 min.
 

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Cast

Tómas Lemarquis -  Nói
Pröstur Leó Gunnarsson - Kiddi Beikon
Elín Hansdóttir - Ìris
Anna Fridriksdóttir - Lína

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Dagur Kári
Script: Dagur Kári
Country of Production: Iceland
Year Completed: 2002
Producer: Philippe Bober, Kim Magnussen, Skúli Fr. Malmquist, Thorir Snaer Sigurjónsson
Production Companies: ZikZak Filmworks, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, The Bureau, M&M Productions
Director of Photography: Rasmus Videbaek
Editor: Daniel Dencik
Sound: Pétur Einarsson
Music: slowblow

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: Icelandic
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby Digital
Number of Reels: 6
Footage: 2535 m

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Festivals


MAIN AWARDS

Göteborg 2003, FIPRESCI Prize & Nordic Film Prize
Rotterdam 2003, MovieZone Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

European Film Awards 2003, Best Actor & Director
Gijón 2003, Competition

Pressbook

Downloads : pictures


Year: 
2002
Duration: 
93'

Dagur Kàri

 Dagur Kári, born 1973, is an Icelandic film director.  Dagur graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999. His first feature film NÓI ALBÍNÓI was released in 2003 and won several international awards. His second film DARK HORSE was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, he finished his first English language film THE GOOD HEART. 

Poster: 
Country: 
Iceland Iceland



Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17-year-old Nói drifts through life on a remote Fjord in the North of Iceland. In winter, the Fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Nói dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with Iris, a city girl who works in a local gas station. But his clumsy attempts at escape spiral out of control and end in complete failure. Only a natural disaster will shatter Nói’s universe and offer him a window into a better world.

Reviews: 

"The highlight of this 32nd edition is an Islandic film, called NÓI ALBINÓI. The humor is always present. Though we find ourselves laughing a lot, NÓI ALBINÓI remains a film about desperation, the imprint of the Nordic blues that has made the reputation of Aki Kaurismaki."Edouard Waintrop, LIBERATION"Icelandic cinema digs out a major new talent with NÓI ALBINÓI, the feature debut of award-winning short filmmaker Dagur Kári. The filmcommunicates directly with auds through an inspired mix of realism, humor and metaphor."Deborah Young, VARIETY"has the power of timeless myth"David Gritten, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 

"A treat. (...) Kári has been compared to Aki Kaurismaki (...) but that little bit funnier."Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN"It is the rare film that manages to be both an artistic breakthrough and an audience pleaser."Ryan Werner, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL"An optical feast, Dagur Kári’s NÓI ALBINÓI freezes the glittering whites and aquas of near empty Icelandic fjord and throws in a few priceless sight gags to boot in its deadpan study of hypothermic adolescent listlessness."Jessica Winter, THE VILLAGE VOICE"(...) a poetic tale, funny and melancholic. (...) NÓI ALBINÓI immerses the audience in an idealistic fantasmagory around a very attaching main character."Isabelle Regnier, LE MONDE

"One of those films that seems absolutely of their own place and yet curiously cosmopolitan. With its characteristically Nordic comicmelancholia and strikingly photographed scenery, it could not have made anywhere else but in Iceland"Jonathan Romney, SCREEN DAILY

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17-year-old Nói drifts through life on a remote Fjord in the North of Iceland. In winter, the Fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Nói dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with Iris, a city girl who works in a local gas station. But his clumsy attempts at escape spiral out of control and end in complete failure. Only a natural disaster will shatter Nói’s universe and offer him a window into a better world.

Cast details: 

Tómas Lemarquis -  Nói
Pröstur Leó Gunnarsson - Kiddi Beikon
Elín Hansdóttir - Ìris
Anna Fridriksdóttir - Lína

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Dagur Kári
Script: Dagur Kári
Country of Production: Iceland
Year Completed: 2002
Producer: Philippe Bober, Kim Magnussen, Skúli Fr. Malmquist, Thorir Snaer Sigurjónsson
Production Companies: ZikZak Filmworks, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, The Bureau, M&M Productions
Director of Photography: Rasmus Videbaek
Editor: Daniel Dencik
Sound: Pétur Einarsson
Music: slowblow

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: Icelandic
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby Digital
Number of Reels: 6
Footage: 2535 m

Pressbook: 

Downloads : pictures


Festivals: 

MAIN AWARDS

Göteborg 2003, FIPRESCI Prize & Nordic Film Prize
Rotterdam 2003, MovieZone Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

European Film Awards 2003, Best Actor & Director
Gijón 2003, Competition

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