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SCA21 The Garden

18+ 112 MIN
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Synopsis

A dark comedy of self-reflection directed by Ragnar Bragason (Metalhead) and based on his eponymous play, The Garden delves into xenophobia in Iceland.
Indíana Jónsdóttir lives in a large apartment block full of immigrants, whom she despises, and makes her living by gaming the public welfare system. A cantankerous woman, Indíana accuses immigrants of scrounging off the Icelandic state and of taking over the country. In her small private garden, she spends her time tending to her award-winning laburnum tree. When her only son Jonas turns up with his new Polish girlfriend, Indíana’s world of prejudice is upended. Meanwhile, there is a mandate to remove all non-native flora, including her precious tree.
Reprising their stage roles, Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir (Trapped) plays the tree-loving Indíana, Hallgrímur Ólafsson is her son Unnar and the acclaimed Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir (Woman at War) is Indíana’s neighbour, Johanna.
A complex psychological drama about how a dominant matriarch can ruin the lives of the ones she loves, The Garden offers a nuanced portrayal of human nature, from one of Icelands most exciting directors.

Awards

NOMINEE – Polish Film Awards 2021 – Best Makeup

Reviews

"A must-see."

- Movie Moves Me


Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 6th July

Duration

112 min

Rating

18+

Cast

Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Eyþór Gunnlaugsson, Karolina Gruszka, Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir

Director

Ragnar Bragason

Genre

Film Festival

Language

Icelandic with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema



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