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Erotic Tales: On Top Down Under

Erotic Tales: On Top Down Under

ON TOP - Iceland, a lighthouse, a cold winter evening. Her thoughts drift back to that summer ... to bathing in the hot springs ... to when they first met ... and embraced.

DOWN UNDER - Australia, the desert, a blistering heat wave. His pickup stops at an icehouse ... he lays the blocks neatly on the buckboard ... and drives off, haunted by a aching memory.

Without dialogue or comment, save for verses from a sonnet by John Keats, On Top Down Under links the thoughts, the emotions, the sensual longing of young lovers at opposite ends of the world. A tone poem, a collage of sight and sound.


Fridrik Thór Fridriksson was born in 1954. Self-educated in filmmaking, he started making 16 mm short films while still at school. He ran the Icelandic University film club from 1974-1978 where he promoted popularized film classics and art films. He was also founder, editor and film critic of Iceland's first film magazine. Fridriksson was a driving force in establishing the Reykjavik Film Festival in 1978 and has been one of its leaders ever since. His films include: White Whales (1987), the OSCAR-nominted Children of Nature (1991), Cold Fever (1994), Movie Days (1994), Devil's Island (1996), Angels of the Universe (2000), On Top Down Under (2002), Falcons (2002), and Niceland (2004).
Genre Erotic
Category Short
Year of Production 2002
Director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
Screenplay Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
Cinematography Ari Kristinsson
Sigvaldi J. Karason, Sigridur Margret Thorkelsdottir, Karola Mittelstaedt
Tamás Kahane
Cast Nina Gunnarsdottir, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason
Producer Regina Ziegler
Production Company Ziegler Film, in co-production with WDR
Length 27 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 no dialogue
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Montreal 2002

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