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Niceland
Gary Lewis, Martin Compston (photo © Zik Zak Filmworks/Fridrik Orn Hjaltested)

Jed and Chloe are in their early twenties, in love – and mentally handicapped. When Jed accidentally causes the death of Chloe's cat, which she loves almost as much as Jed, Chloe retreats into silence and loses her will to live. Convinced that there must be something else in life to give it meaning, something that will help revive Chloe's spirit, Jed sets out to find it. Led to believe that a scrap-metal dealer, Max, knows the precious answer, Jed cautiously enters the eccentric world of this solitary man. Yet in spite of the bond of friendship that develops between them, Max remains tight-lipped – even after Chloe falls into a coma and Jed begs him to tell him the secret. All that Max reveals is the tragedy that haunts him and pushes him toward self-destruction. In a moment of raw catharsis, Jed realizes that he, he himself, knows what he's been looking for. Whispering the magic words to Max, Jed saves him from a greater tragedy. Now he must hurry to tell Chloe. But when he arrives at the hospital, her bed is empty...

Starring Gary Lewis (Billy Elliott, Gangs of New York) and Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen) in the lead roles, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's intimate drama sensitively portrays the naïve yet uncompromising search of a handicapped young man for the purpose of life. The Icelandic director is known for his highly acclaimed films Cold Fever, Devil's Island and the OSCAR-nominated Children of Nature.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
Screenplay Huldar Breidfjord
Cinematography Morten Soborg
Sigvaldi J. Karason, Anders Refn
Mugison
Arni Pall Johannsson
Cast Gudrun Gisladottir, Peter Capaldi, Gudrun Bjarnadottir, Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Kerry Fox, Shauna Macdonald, Timmy Lang
Producers Thor S. Sigurjonsson, Skúli Fr. Malmquist
Production Company Zik Zak Filmworks/Reykjavik, in co-production with Tradewind Pictures/Cologne, Nimbus Film/Hvidovre, Film & Music Entertainment/London
Runtime 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Language
 English
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2004 (In Competition), Ghent 2004, Pusan 2004, Seville 2004, Thessaloniki 2004
With backing from Eurimages, FilmFoerderung Hamburg, Filmstiftung NRW, Icelandic Film Centre, Nordic Film & TV Fund, The Danish Film Institute
German Distributor Magic Media Company Independent/Cologne

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