Á Annan Veg - Either Way (DVD)
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Á Annan Veg (international title Either Way) by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson is the winner of the 29th edition of TFF Torino Film Festival.
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s latest work, officially released in Iceland in September 2011, is Icelandic minimalism at best. With skilful use of the language and with dry and witty gags, the film tells the story of two road workers carrying on their lives in the metaphysical setting of Iceland’s barest and most desolate regions. When not encumbered by their routinely tasks, the two men have a lot of time to kill, so they end opening up to each other. They ultimately develop a friendship that will lead them to maturation as human beings.
The film has been described by critics as a work reminiscent of Beckett’s suggestions and the festival’s jury, that counted among its ranks Jerry Schatzberg, Michael Fitzgerald and Valeria Golino, acclaimed it as a the “laconic heir of first period Kaurismäki”. Besides winning the main prize of TFF 2011, the film was also awarded the Holden Prize for the best screenplay and story-telling.
Language: Icelandic with English Subtitles
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
DVD Release: 2012