Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2023


Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson


Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Section: Spotlight
Country: Iceland
Year: 2023
Language: English
Version: Original version with German subtitles
Cast: Lydia Leonard, Timothy Spall, Ella Rumpf, Sverrir Guðnason, Simon Manyonda


A group of very different people brought together by their chronic fear of flying are stranded in the wintry north in this black comedy.

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.

Meet the director

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, born in 1978, is a graduate of the film program at Columbia University, New York. His first feature film, EITHER WAY (2011), was screened at festivals around the world and was remade in the United States as PRINCE AVALANCHE, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. His second feature film, PARIS OF THE NORTH, was screened at various festivals after its premiere in competition in Karlovy Vary in 2014. UNDER THE TREE premiered in Venice and Toronto in 2017, was the second biggest Icelandic box office hit of the year, and was selected to be Iceland's entry for the international Oscar.


Screenplay: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Halldór Laxness Halldórsson, Tobias Munthe
Director of Photography: Niels Thastum
Film Editor: Kristján Loðmfjörð
Composer: Daníel Bjarnason
Production Designer: Eggert Ketilsson, Hulda Helgadóttir
Costume Design: Margrét Einarsdóttir
Sound: Pétur Einarson, Björn Viktorsson, Kjartan Kjartansson
Sound design: Björn Viktorsson, Huldar Freyr Arnarson
Make-up artist: Guðbjörg Huldís
Casting director: Martin Ware
Producer: Grimar Jonsson
Production Company: Netop Films
Executive producer: Christoph Lange, Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte, Pierre Mazars, Ben Coren, Thorsten Schumacher, Tobias Munthe
Co-Producer: Sol Bondy, Fred Burle, Mike Goodridge
Co-Production Company: One Two Films GmbH, Good Chaos
World Sales: Charades Films
Distributor: Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH