Northern Lights Film Series



The “Northern Lights” Circumpolar Film Series highlights films with an emphasis on Iceland and other circumpolar nations including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Greenland and northern Canada, among others.  Stories from the North, courtesy of Gimli Pharmasave!


690 Vopnafjörður

dir. Karna Sigurðardóttir in attendance!
Iceland | 2017 | 57 m | PG
*Canadian premiere!
In the middle of nowhere, the 645 people of Vopnafjörður village in Iceland go about their daily lives. The fear of depopulation leaves no inhabitant free from the pressure of protecting the existence of this little village. The film explores the communal tensions that push people to leave, and how personal identity can be so profoundly linked to place.
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A Song for John Ramsay

dir. Andy Blicq in attendance!
Manitoba | 2017 | 29 min | PG
Indigenous songwriter William Prince is challenged to create a song celebrating an Indigenous man named John Ramsay who faced tragedy while helping Icelandic settlers survive.
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Aboard the Namao

dir. Cam Patterson
Manitoba | 2018 | 46 min | G
*World Premiere!
Filmmaker Cam Patterson can’t stand on the beach and worry about the state of Lake Winnipeg any longer. The media is calling the lake a lost cause. The only way to see for himself and to show the world the massive algae blooms he’s only heard about, is to board the Namao, taking us with him.
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Heimþrá, In Thrall to Home

dir. Erika MacPherson in attendance!
Manitoba | 2018 | 33min | PG
Doubting details of her mother’s deathbed story, a skeptical daughter drags her brother on a genealogical goose chase through the Canadian prairies to the remote Icelandic highland.
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Never Steady, Never Still

dir. Kathleen Hepburn in attendance!
Canada| 2017 | 1 h 52 min | PG
A mother struggles to take control of her life in the face of advanced Parkinson’s disease, while her son battles his sexual and emotional identity amongst the violence of Alberta’s oil field work camps.
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The Swan

dir. Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir in attendance!
Iceland | 2017 | 1 h 31 m | 14A
*selection of TIFF 2017
A wayward nine-year-old girl is sent to the countryside to work and mature, but finds herself instead deeply entangled in a drama she can hardly grasp.
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Those Who Come, Will Hear

dir. Simon Plouffe in attendance!
Canada | 2018 | 1 h 17 m | PG
*Best Documentary Award | Ann Arbor Film Festival 2018
**Honourable Mention | DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2018
A cinematic survey of several indigenous languages of Quebec – all threatened with extinction. The film reveals the cultural importance of these oral traditions by reflecting on the consequences of their disappearance and through listening to the daily life of those who still speak them today.
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Under the Tree (Undir trénu)

dir. Haffsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
Iceland | 2017 | 1 h 29 m | 14A
The shade from a front-yard tree brings the already simmering tensions between two families in an Icelandic suburb to boiling point, in this hilariously absurd and psychologically astute comedy from director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson.
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Dear Hatetts

dir. Kerry Barber
Yukon | 2017 | 6 min | PG
Dear Hatetts is a personal account of a relationship torn apart by a suspected lie. Told in the form of a letter to a family it is accompanied by documentary images of the filmmaker’s life.