The Northern Lights Film Series highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and Canada’s North!  In the early 2000s, a young Gimli Film Festival focused nearly exclusively on this circumpolar them. Since then, the Festival has grown to celebrate films from all corners of the earth, but our Northern Lights Film Series remains a keystone element of the Festival’s annual programming.

Generously sponsored by Claire Gillis & Ernest Stefanson.

Claire Gillis & Ernest Stefanson

2021 Northern Lights Film Series:

About Endlessness

dir. Roy Anderson
2019 | Sweden / Germany / Norway / France | 78 min
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With About Endlessness, Roy Andersson adds to his cinematic oeuvre with a reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.

Everything in the End

dir. Mylissa Fitzsimmons
2021 | United States | 80 min
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Stranded in a small Icelandic village during Earth’s final days, a Portuguese man seeks solace in the brief human connections he encounters.

Grandma Hófí

dir. Gunnar B. Guðmundsson
2020 | Iceland | 95 min
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A pair senior citizens grow tired of the conditions in their retirement home and decide to rob banks so that they can afford to buy a small apartment.

Last and First Men

dir. Jóhann Jóhannsson
2020 | Iceland | 70 min
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What can we learn from the voice speaking to us from two billion years away? Last and First Men juxtaposes the seminal speculative science fiction story by Olaf Stapledon, a haunting musical score by the late celebrated Icelandic composer and musician Jóhan Jóhannson (The Theory of Everything, Sicario, Arrival) and filmed images of futuristic, brutalist, otherworldly stone monuments erected during the communist era in the former Yugoslav republics, shot in 16mm black and white by renowned cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Victoria, Rams). Narrated by Tilda Swinton, the film beckons us into a world of surreal and phantasmagorical monuments where a future race of humans finds themselves on the verge of extinction, and where the monuments – once intended as symbols of Unity and Brotherhood – remain as lone, abandoned beacons beaming their message into the wilderness. While the story of crumbling future civilizations is told, the spectral presence of an entity attempting to communicate with us emerges. Poetic, tragic and hopeful, Last and First Men represents Jóhann Jóhannson’s final and most personal work – an allegory of remembrance, ideals and the death of utopia.

Riders of Justice

dir. Anders Thomas Jensen
2020 | Denmark | 116 min
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Markus returns home to care for his daughter when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. However, when a survivor of the wreck surfaces and claims foul play, Markus suspects his wife was murdered and embarks on a mission to find those responsible.


dir. Zaida Bergroth
2020 | Finland / Sweden | 100 min
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The movie centres on the life of Tove Jansson, showing both her personal relationships, and the creation of the popular Moomin books.