Several people who suffer from a fear of flying attend group therapy and a course that should help them get rid of their phobia. The last step of the course is going on a so-called test flight that ends ingloriously in Iceland after a turbulent flight additionally ‘seasoned’ with engine failure on the plane. As they await their flight home in a luxurious hotel, a powerful storm threatening to cut off all connections with Iceland approaches. The participants have to find a way to deal with their demons, as they begin to lose control due to anxiety.
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, born in Reykjavik in 1978, is an Icelandic director and screenwriter. He graduated from Columbia University in New York, majoring in Film. He is best known for the dark comedy Under the Tree (2017). He made films exclusively in the Icelandic language, while Northern Comfort is his debut venture in English. He won the Icelandic Edda Award for Best Director.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
SXSW Film Festival
NORTHERN COMFORT (ff.)
DIRECTOR: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
COUNTRY: Iceland, United Kingdom, Germany
CAST: Lydia Leonard, Timothy Spall, Ella Rumpf
PRODUCTION: Netop films
EU: ZONE OF CHANGE / FREE ZONE AND CINEPLEXX