Beautiful Beings


The Main 4 Fri, Apr 14, 2023 1:40 PM
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Film Info
Original Title:Berdreymi
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Midnight Sun
Release Year:2022
Runtime:123 min
Czech Republic
Print Source:Altered Innocence
Culture & Society
Director:Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Executive Producer:Birgitta Bjornsdottir
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Producer:Sara Nassim
Anton Máni Svansson
Co-Producer:Jeroen Beker
Caroline Ljungberg
Jesper Morthorst
Peter Possne
Lise Orheim Stender
Pavel Strnad
Linda van der Herberg
Nima Yousefi
Cinematographer:Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Screenwriter:Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Editor:Andri Steinn Guðjónsson
Anders Skov
Composer:Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Principal Cast:Birgir Dagur Bjarkason
Áskell Einar Pálmason
Snorri Rafn Frímannsson
Viktor Benóný Benediktsson


For his impressive sophomore feature, Icelandic director and writer Gu?mundur Arnar Gu?mundsson returns to the subject of his prize-winning debut Heartstone (MSPIFF 2017): fraught adolescent friendships and difficult family lives. In Beautiful Beings, a savagely bullied youth forms a tentative rapport with a trio of tough outsiders. Together, the boys experiment with aggression and violence, but also learn about loyalty and love. In contrast to the uniformly toxic adult masculinity that surrounds the boys, there’s the caring, clairvoyant mother of Addi (Birgir Dagur Bjarkason), the film’s narrator, warmly and sympathetically played by the excellent Anita Briem. As someone who relies heavily on intuition and gets guidance from his dreams, Gu?mundsson is interested in further exploring the uncanny element. He says, “In general, people in Iceland believe in interpreting their dreams and fortune telling. It’s ingrained into our culture even if it is not something we talk a lot about.” Winner, Label Europa Cinemas, Berlin; Special Jury Prize, International New Talent, Taipei. –Alissa Simon

Director Biography

Born in 1982 in Reykjavík, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson graduated from the Icelandic Art Academy and studied screenwriting in Denmark. His short films include “Whale Valley” (2013), which was a selection of that year’s Cannes Film Festival, and his debut feature, Heartstone (2016) was a 2017 MSPIFF selection.