Bjarnfreðarson (Mr. Bjarnfredarson)
Bjarnfredarson was a huge success on the EDDA Awards 2010 (The Icelandic Film and Television Academy) with 11 nominees and winner in Best Feature Film, Best Director (Ragnar Bragason), Best Actor (Jón Gnarr), Best Script, Best Cinematography and Best Costume design.
A redemption story that spans almost fifty years, about Georg, an over educated know-it-all, that has just been released from jail, but is still a prisoner of his own past.
This film is the "grand finale" in the series Dagvaktin, Næturvaktin, Fangavaktin ... and now, Bjarnfreðarson.
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MR. BJARNFREDARSON documents the epic story of GEORG, a hapless man, out of synch with society in search of redemption before his time on this earth runs out. Based on a wildly popular and award winning television series, MR. BJARNFREDARSON is the final, stand-alone chapter in the lives of the former co-workers and friends GEORG BJARNFREDARSON, an over-educated know-it-all and social outcast; DANIEL SÆVARSSON, a young man who's struggling with the web of lies he's concocted to deceive his family who think he's finishing medical school; And OLAFUR RAGNAR, a 40 year old man-child who is still struggling to fit in with the in-crowd. The story begins when Georg is released on parole after a long stay in jail for murder. When BJARNFREDUR his mother refuses to take him in, practically disowning him, Daniel, who Georg tried to frame for the murder he committed, reluctantly invites him to stay at his place until he gets back on his feet. Olafur, a former co-worker of the two and a perpetual yet lovable looser who can't hold down a job for more than a few weeks, is also staying at Daniel's house to the annoyance of Ylfa, Daniel's wife. When these three men reconnect, all hell breaks loose. Daniel's lies to his family are painfully revealed when he is supposed to graduate as a doctor but has instead spent his time at an art university making a video instalment about Georg. Olafur finally catches a break and gets a job on the radio, makes friends and gets a taste for the life he always yearned for - but his new-found popularity is fragile, especially when Georg is beginning to display romantic interest in him, in front of the alpha males he’s now socializing with. Meanwhile Georg has to deal with Bjarnfredur and their past, and as his world spins out of control, Georg realizes that all his woe can be traced back to his mother, and a reckoning is inevitable. Alongside the main story, we see Georg's youth during the seventies, when he was a small boy. We see how his mother, a fierce feminist, communist and professional protester completely eradicated all semblance of normalcy through hyper political correctness and staunch liberalism. We in fact, see the birth of all of Georg's many dysfunctions. As the layers get peeled off we begin to care for the man we’ve loved to hate. BJARNFREDARSON is a tragic comedy about love, lies, parenthood and everything in between.
WRITERS Ragnar Bragason: The director of both the TV series (Næturvaktin, Dagvaktin and Fangavaktin) and the film. (More info below). Jón Gnarr: A celebrated stand-up comic turned actor. Jón is one of the best loved comedians of his generation and has, through his role as Georg, shown himself to be a formidable actor. Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon: Pétur shot to fame in 1999 when he was voted Iceland’s funniest stand-up. He has appeared in 2 feature films and starred in 6 television series. Jörundur Ragnarsson: An award winning actor with three feature films under his belt and a number of notable theatre roles. Jörundur trained as an actor and has shot fame since graduating in 2006. Jóhann Ævar Grímsson: A noted young and upcoming author who’s written for successful TV series in Iceland as well as the widely popular Astrópía, a feature film released in 2006.
DIRECTOR Ragnar has been nominated a record thirty-two times for the Icelandic Film and Television Awards with an impressive 50% success rate when it comes to scooping the awards. Ragnar directed 3 feature films and a number of television shows before taking the Nightshift on (followed by The Dayshift, Prisonshift and now MR. BJARNFREDARSON. Ragnar is one of only a handful of Icelandic directors who’s earned an international reputation through his outstanding work.
Cast: Jón Gnarr, Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Sara Margrét Nordahl, Margrét Helga Jóhannesdóttir, Örn Árnason, Helga Braga Jónsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson, Jóhannes Haukur.
Subtitles: English and German
Released Dec. 2009
On DVD May 2010
Produced by: Sagafilm
Running time: 109 mins
PAL, Region 2