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Shot over the advent season of December 2018 to New Year’s day 2019, Echo comprises 56 single-shot vignettes that together draw a jigsaw-like portrait of modern day Iceland at Christmas time. In open countryside, a farm is burning. In a school, a choir is singing carols. In a museum, a janitor argues on the phone whilst cleaning the windows of a taxidermy exhibit.

Of his film, Rúnar Rúnarsson has said: 'In this sometimes stressful time of year it’s easy to lose track of ourselves and get disconnected from our surroundings. At the same time, the dusk of the year fuels self-reflection and enables us to put our lives into perspective, often evoking empathy for others. Each individual in the film will only appear in a single scene and therefore there won’t be a main character. Each scene is an observing, static one take shot on a tripod. Time is only broken when there is a cut between scenes. By themselves, these scenes either tell a short story or capture a mood or an emotion, but together they form a whole. It will be a kind of mosaic picture that functions as an echo from postmodern society, a contemporary mirror.'

  • Year
  • Runtime
    79 minutes
  • Language
    Icelandic, English
  • Country
  • Rating
  • Director
    Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Screenwriter
    Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Producer
    Rúnar Rúnarsson; Lilja Ósk; Live Hide
  • Executive Producer
    Elli Cassata
  • Cinematographer
    Sophia Olsson
  • Editor
    Jacob Secher Schulsinger
  • Production Design
    Gus Olafsson
  • Music
    Kjartan Sveinsson