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New documentary, Heild, captures Iceland‘s unique and diverse nature

By Staff

  • Into the wild The documentary Heild focuses on all aspects of Iceland‘s unique and diverse nature, its people and culture. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

The Icelandic documentary Heild – To the Stars & into the Earth was made available online a few days ago. The film is the very first no-narrative documentary filmed and produced in Iceland. According to the film‘s director, Pétur Kristján Guðmundsson, Heild focuses on all aspects of Iceland‘s unique and diverse nature, its people and culture.

Pétur, who was left a paraplegic after a snowboarding accident in Austria in 2010, travelled far and wide in order to capture the stunning scenes. In total he covered over 50 thousand kilometres (31068.56 miles) during filming.
In an interview with Mbl.is Pétur says it took him three years to complete the documentary, which is 70 minutes long.

“A film like this demands a lot of work if you want to keep people’s attention. I think that might be the reason behind why a film like this has not been produced in Iceland before. Directors simply don’t have the time or the patience needed,” he says.

Heild features an original score from musician Proffesor Kliq and additional music from award-winning musician Ólafur Arnalds, Friðjón Jónsson and bands Trabant and Mono. 

Below is the trailer for Heild.

 

Heild - Trailer from TrailerPark Studios on Vimeo.

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