by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson


Dark comedy, 90 minutes, 2023

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

Writer: Halldór Laxness Halldórsson, Tobias Munthe, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Cast: Lydia Leonard, Timothy Spall, Ella Rumpf, Sverrir Gudnason, Simon Manyonda, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Rob Delaney

Producers: Netop Films, One Two Films, Good Chaos

Broadcasters: ZDF / ARTE, Film4

Funds: Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Icelandic Film Centre, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, HES Strategies, Creative Europe MEDIA, Netflix UK

Distributors: Weltkino (DE), Scanbox (Nordics), Sena (IS)

World Sales: Charades

World Premiere: South by Southwest (SXSW)



A special forces veteran, an uptight property developer, an influencer with half a million followers and an incompetent instructor are thrown together on a high-end fear of flying course. The course’s final challenge is an experience flight from London to Iceland, which ends up being a horrendous ordeal. Lost in Iceland, freezing and terrified, they must find a way of facing their fears and working together to spread their wings… and fly.

DIRECTOR: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

Born 1978, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson is a graduate of the film program at Columbia University, New York. His first feature EITHER WAY (2011) screened at film festivals all around the world and was re-made in the US as PRINCE AVALANCHE starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. He was selected as “Variety’s Ten European Directors to Watch” in 2012. His second feature PARIS OF THE NORTH traveled extensively after its competition premiere in Karlovy Vary 2014. UNDER THE TREE premiered at Venice Orizzonti and Toronto in 2017, was the second highest Icelandic box office hit of the year and chosen as local Oscar entry.

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson_©Netop_Films 2023_photographer-Brynjar Snaer Thrastarson


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