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Icelandic films at Tallinn Black Nights – world premiere of DRIVING MUM

Driving Mum, by Hilmar Oddsson, will have its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival which takes place from November 11 - 27 in Estonia.

A total of six Icelandic films and coproductions will be screened at the festival this year. Driving Mum in the Official Selection ; A Letter from Helga in the Baltic Film Competition ; Nest, by Hlynur Pálmason, in the Shorts Live-Action Competition ; Summerlight and then Comes the Night, by Elfar Adalsteins, in Best of Fest ; Beautiful Beings, by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, in the Children's Rights programme ; and Innocence, a Danish, Finnish, Israeli, Icelandic co-production by Guy Davidi, in the Doc@Pöff programme .


Driving Mum, an Icelandic/Estonian co-production, is directed by Hilmar Oddsson and stars Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson (“Noi the Albino”), Kristbjörg Kjeld (“Alma”), Hera Hilmar (“Mortal Engines”) and Tómas Lemarquis (“Blade Runner 2049”).

In the film, when Jon's mother, the single most dominant person in his life, dies, his anchor is gone. Compelled to honor her last wish, he takes on a journey to bring the body across Iceland to her home village for the final rest. As they travel on, Jon's whole existence obtains a new meaning.

International sales for Driving Mum are handled by Alief.


A Letter from Helga is Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir's second feature film. The film stars Hera Hilmarsdóttir, Thor Kristjánsson, Anita Briem, Björn Thors, and is based on a novel by Icelandic author Bergsveinn Birgisson. The story takes place in a remote fjord in 1940's Iceland, where Bjarni, a young farmer, and Helga, an aspiring poet, begin a passionate, forbidden affair, with their emotions running as wild as the ocean waves that surround them.


Summerlight and then Comes the Night is Elfar Adalstein's second feature film after his debut, End of Sentence, which starred John Hawkes, Logan Lerman and Sarah Bolger. Summerlight and then Comes the night is based on an Icelandic novel by Jón Kalman Stefánsson. The film takes place in an Icelandic fishing village, brimming with stories of joy and sorrow and the wafer-thin thread between life and death.


Beautiful Beings , is also the second film from Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, after his award-winning debut feature Heartstone. The film follows Addi, a teenage boy raised by a clairvoyant mother, who adopts a bullied kid into his group of violent misfits. When the boys' own aggressive behavior escalates toward life-threatening situations, Addi starts to experience a series of dreamlike visions.


Hlynur Pálmason's short film,  Nest, is a story of siblings building a tree house together over the course of a year. We experience the beauty and brutality of the seasons, as we follow them through their struggles and moments of joy.