BIFF 2020
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Psychological volcanology

Opening with one of the most spectacularly beautiful title sequences of the last few years, VOLCANO tells the story of Hannes, an Icelandic man in his late sixties, who has just retired from his job as a janitor at the local school. Without anything to occypy his time, Hannes is forced to reasess his view of himself, thus gradually realizing he is not a particularly sympatic person. Beautifully shot and featuring subtle performances, VOLCANO is an engaging drama about coming to terms with one's own behavior.

Rúnar Rúnarsson was born in Iceland and graduated from the Danish Film School in 2009. Recently he returned to Iceland to direct VOLCANO, his first feature film. His previous short films, SÍÐASTI BÆRINN, TWO BIRDS and ANNA, have received numerous awards at several film festivals worldwide. SÍÐASTI BÆRINN was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006, and TWO BIRDS for the Palme d’Or – Best Short Film. VOLCANO is Iceland’s candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film this year.