The Icelandic scriptwriter and director Hlynur Pálmason’s A White, White Day is one of seven feature films that have been selected for competition in the International Critics’ Week, one of the parallel sections of the Cannes Film Festival. This will be the film’s world premiere. The film is co-produced with Film i Väst, and part och the postproduction is made in Västra Götaland by CloudBerry Post and Can Film.

The film is set in a remote Icelandic town, where an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. A story of grief, revenge and unconditional love.

A White, White Day was written and directed by Hlynur Pálmason. The film is produced by Anton Máni Svansson, with executive producer Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson from Iceland’s Join Motion Pictures and is an Icelandic/Danish/Swedish co-production. Co-producers are Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin and Eva Jakobsen for Snowglobe (DK), Anthony Muir for Film i Väst (SE) and Nima Yousefi for Hobab (SE).

The film stars Ingvar E. Sigurdsson and Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir. It was shot by Maria von Hausswolff and edited by Julius Krebs Damsbo. Sound designer is Lars Halvorsen, production design is by Hulda Helgadóttir and music by Edmund Finnis.

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As mentioned above, A White, White Day is Hlynur Pálmason’s second feature. His first, the Danish/Icelandic Winter Brothers,premiered in the main competition at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2017, where it won four awards. The film went on to win over 30 awards worldwide, including nine Robert Awards and two Bodil Awards in Denmark. Hlynur Pálmason also won last year’s Dreyer Award for outstanding artistic achievement.

As mentioned before Film i Väst’s co-productions zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die by Jim Jarmusch opens the Cannes Festival and is in Official Competition toghether with the drama The Whistlers by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu.