Archive of films Beautiful Beings / Berdreymi

Iceland / Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands / Czech Republic
2022, 123 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2022

The combative 14-year-old Addi takes a bullied classmate under his wing and introduces him to his gang of friends. Can a bully become a protector and vice versa? A disturbing yet highly sensitive drama about the reverse side of adolescence, the beauties and cruelties of childhood, and the dark twists and turns of male friendship.


Following his debut Heartstone (2016), which took home nearly forty festival awards, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson is back with another unsettling yet highly sensitive drama about the dark side of adolescence. The main protagonist of his new film is 14-year-old Addi, whose daily routine involves violence and aggression among children. The combative young boy decides to take a bullied classmate under his wing and introduces him to his gang of two other friends. They are all stronger than newcomer Balli, but they also have their own demons to fight. Guðmundsson once again shows his ability to depict the world of juveniles with all its beauties and cruelties, and again works with an excellent cast of actors.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (1982, Reykjavik). Filmography: Whale Valley (Hvalfjörður, 2013, short), Ártún (2014, short),​ Heartstone (Hjartasteinn, 2016)​, Beautiful Beings (Berdreymi, 2022).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Screenplay: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson 
Dir. of Photography: Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Music: Kristian Eidnes Andersen 
Sound: Jan Schermer
Editor: Anders Skov, Andri Steinn Gudjónsson
Art Director: Aron Martin Ásgerðarson
Producer: Anton Máni Svansson
Production: Joint Motion Pictures
Coproduction: Motor, Hobab, Film i Väst, Bastide Films, Negativ
Cast: Birgir Dagur Bjarkason, Áskell Einar Pálmason, Viktor Benóný Benediktsson, Snorri Rafn Frímannsson, Aníta Briem, Ísgerður Gunnarsdóttir
Sales: New Europe Film Sales
Distributor: Artcam Films


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