ICELAND, DENMARK

VIRGIN MOUNTAIN Fusi

2015 – DCP – colore – 94’

 

Direction: Dagur Kári

Screenplay: Dagur Kári

Cinematography: Rasmus Videbæk

Editing: Andri Steinn Guðjónsson, Oliver Bugge Coutté, Dagur Kári Pétursson

Set design: Hálfdán Pedersen

Music: Slowblow

Costumes: Helga Rós  V Hannam

Cast: Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson, Franziska Una Dagsdóttir, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson, Thórir Saemundsson, Ari Matthíasson, Fridrik Fridriksson, Ingunn Jensdóttir

Producers: Baltasar Kormákur, Agnes Johansen in coproduzione con in coproduction with Bo Ehrhardt, Mikkel Jersin

Production: RVK Studios in coproduzione con in coproduction with Nimbus Film

 

SYNOPSIS

Forty-something Fúsi’s greatest joys involve building model airplanes and painting tanks. On a large table he is reconstructing famous World War II battles. The other joys of the world leave this obese metal fan completely cold, and he even still lives with his mother. But then her boyfriend gives him lessons in line-dancing for his birthday. Fúsi doesn’t want to go anywhere but thanks to some bad weather he meets vivacious blonde Sjofn and manages to invite her to his favorite Thai bistro…

 

THE DIRECTOR: DAGUR KÁRI

 

Dagur Kári is a director, writer and musician. He was born in France (1973) but raised in Iceland and studied filmmaking in Denmark from 1995-1999. He made his feature debut in 2003 with Noi Albinoi, the story of a dysfunctional teen that was awarded at the Rotterdam IFF and also screened at Karlovy Vary IFF, and also works as musician with the band “Slowblow”. He is currently employed at The National Film School of Denmark as Head of the Director’s Program.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“(…) I´m just interested in creating the best possible characters, and the ones who are slightly off, misplaced or those who are more likely to cast of interesting situations, than the ones who fitt in. That is my main focus: The character and the situation. (…) Once you have the “boy meets girl” element in a film, the story tends to go on autopilot. It gets deeply foreseeable, and I deliberately tried to do an interesting twist on the cliché. I also felt that Fúsi, the main character, needed a different kind of closure. I wanted the ending to be really small and really big at the same time. We realize that what for us is a completely mundane action, is a groundbreaking step for Fúsi. (…) the script was written for Gunnar Jónsson. He is the movie, and it would not have been made without him. His talent is enormous and the presence on screen is unique, in my opinion. Even though he is not educated as an actor, he is unbelievably professional and precise. (…)”

 

FILMOGRAPHY

1998 Old Spice (short)

1999 Lost Weekend (short)

2003 Nói Albinói

2005 Voksne Mennesker (Dark Horse)

2009 The Good Heart

2015 Fusi (Virgin Mountain)

MAIN AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2015 Berlinale – Special Gala

2015 CPH PIX, Copenhagen: Politiken Audience Award

2015 Tribeca Film Fest: Miglior Film Narrativo, Miglior Attore, Migliore Sceneggiatura Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Best Screenplay

2015 Karlovy Vary IFF – Another View

2015 Seminci, Valladolid: Miglior Attore Best Actor

2015 Nordic Film Days, Lubeck: Premio del Pubblico, Premio Ecclesiastico, Menzione Onoraria al Miglior Attore Audience Award, Church Prize, Honorary Mention as Best Actor

2015 Arras Film Festival: Atlante d’Oro Golden Atlas

2015 Cairo IFF: Piramide d’Argento, premio speciale della Giuria per Miglior Regista Silver Pyramid Special Jury Prize for Best Director

2015 Marrakech IFF: Miglior Attore Best Actor