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Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson‘s BEAUTIFUL BEINGS selected for Berlinale

Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson‘s, Beautiful Beings, has been selected to have its world premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (or Berlinale), which will be held February 10 – 20.

Beautiful Beings is selected for the Panorama section of the festival which is described as a traditional audience favorite and screens edgy and daring cinema. The film was written and directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, and is his second feature film. His debut film, Heartstone, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2016 and went on to win over 50 awards worldwide.

The film tells the story of Addi, a boy raised by a clairvoyant mother, who decides to adopt a bullied misfit into his gang of outsiders. Left to their own devices, the boys explore aggression and violence but also learn about loyalty and love. As their behavior escalates towards life-threatening situations, Addi begins to experience a series of dreamlike visions. Can his newfound intuition guide him and his friends back to a safer path, or will they dive irrevocably into further violence?

Beautiful Beings was produced by Anton Máni Svansson at Join Motion Pictures in Iceland, in coproduction with Motor Productions (Denmark), Hobab and Film i Väst (Sweden), Bastide Films (The Netherlands) and Negativ (Czech Republic). The film was supported by the Icelandic Film Centre, Iceland's Ministry of Industries and Innovation, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV, Sena, Danish Film Institute, DR, Scanbox, Swedish Film Institute, Film i Väst, Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Czech Film Fund, Nordisk Film & TV fond, and Eurimages. International sales are being handled by New Europe Film Sales.

Further information on the Berlinale can be found on the festival‘s official website.