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Echo (Bergmál)

Echo
Echo (Bergmál)

Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson

Iceland | 2020 | 79 min

Youth Jury Award – Locarno Film Festival

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Magical + Mosaic + Realistic

It’s Christmas time in Iceland, and as everyone gets ready for the holidays, a mysterious atmosphere falls upon the snow covered country revealing emotions of both joy and anxiety.

 

Director Rúnar Rúnarsson through 56 scenes, draws a portrait, both biting and tender, of modern society in the midst of preparations. In a school, a children’s choir is singing Christmas carols. In the middle of the countryside, an abandoned farm is burning. In a museum, a mother is arguing with her ex-husband on the phone. In a slaughterhouse, chickens are parading along a rail. In a living room, a young girl is making her grandmother try on her new virtual reality headset…

 

This magical mosaic of stories presents society itself as the protagonist, recalling a wealth of graceful and humane interactions. So let go of your expectations of the standard film narration and let the director’s vision bury itself deep within. That’s when the magic will happen and things will fall into place.