Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden


In the late 19th century, a young Danish priest travels to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and photograph its people. But the deeper he goes into the unforgiving landscape, the more he strays from his purpose, the mission and morality.

Director's Statement

GODLAND explores family bonds, the acceptance of myth or some kind of magic realism. It’s also a film about a journey into ambition, love and faith and the fear of God and the need and want to find your place in all this, to be seen, to be a part of something. It’s also about communication, the foreign aspect of dialogue, and the way we communicate or rather miscommunicate. It’s about inner and outer conflicts. It’s about humanity and nature and how these things collide with each other, through man, animal and the world around us. In the end, I found out that this film is very much about what divides us and what ties us together. And I was surprised to find out that in the end, death might be the only thing that ties us together. This is the core of the film, the beating heart.

Director's Biography

Hlynur Pálmason is an artist and filmmaker, born in 1984 in Iceland. He started out as a visual artist and continued his career in filmmaking by pursuing education at the Danish National Film School. Pálmason lives and works in Iceland and Denmark with his wife and three kids.

2022 - GODLAND, Feature
2022 - NEST, Short
2019 - A WHITE, WHITE DAY, Feature
2017 - WINTER BROTHERS, Feature
2014 - SEVEN BOATS, Short
2013 - EN MALER, Short
2012 - A DAY OR TWO, Short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Hlynur Pálmason

Written by: Hlynur Pálmason

Produced by: Katrin Pors, Anton Máni Svansson, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Didar Domehri, Mimmi Spång, Anthony Muir, Peter Possne, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Cinematography: Maria von Hausswolff

Editing: Julius Krebs Damsbo

Production Design: Frosti Friðriksson

Costume Design: Nina Grønlund

Original Score: Alex Zhang Hungtai

Sound: Björn Viktorsson, Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen

Cast: Elliott Crosset Hove (Lucas), Ingvar E. Sigurdsson (Ragnar), Vic Carmen Sonne (Anna), Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir (Ida), Jacob Hauberg Lohmann (Carl), Waage Sandø (Vincent)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Actor 2022
  • Feature Film Selection 2022