A desperate man employed in a genetic research institute is looking through records which might be able to explain the origin of his little girl's brain disease. A parallel storyline develops as detective Erlendur begins to investigate the murder of an old man who led a bizarre existence in a murky basement flat. This at first seemingly ordinary case becomes more complex with the mystery surrounding the death of a four-year-old girl thirty years before.
Through an evocative and original visual experience of Icelandic idiosyncrasies, Kormakur triumphs in his interpretation of a detective story, and he carefully uses the plot to explore a complex social issue.
Baltasar Kormákur (Reykjavik, 1966) graduated from the Drama Academy of Iceland and began working in theatre and film as an actor and director. He became internationally recognised for his performances in the films by his compatriot Fridrik Thór Fridriksson DEVIL'S ISLAND (96) and ANGELS OF THE UNIVERSE (99). He debuted as a film director, screenwriter and producer with an adaptation of Hallgrímur Helgason's novel 101 REYKJAVIK (00, BIFF 00), which won him the Youth Jury Award at the IFF in Locarno, the FIPRESCI prize at the IFF in Thessaloniki and the Discovery Award (ex aequo) in Toronto. He then made THE SEA (02). For this film, which garnered the FIPRESCI prize at the Istanbul IFF. Then followed A LITTLE TRIP TO HEAVEN (06) - an American coproduction in which he cast Forest Whitaker and Julia Stiles.