Private Project


An unhappy, single mother is suddenly reminded of where true happiness is to be found and given.

  • Tinna Hrafnsdóttir
  • Tinna Hrafnsdóttir
  • Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, Freyja Filmwork
  • Gudrún Eva Mínervudóttir
    Key Cast
  • Vidja Dís Ísfeld Rögnvaldsdóttir
    Key Cast
  • Sveinn Geirsson
  • Ásgrímur Gudbjartsson
    Director of photography
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    12 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2016
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  • RIFF
    October 6, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Freyja Filmwork
    Country: Iceland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Tinna Hrafnsdóttir

My name is Tinna and HELGA is my first short film. I´m an Icelandic director and producer both in theater and films. I´m also a two time Edda Awards nominated actress, I hold a MBA degree from Reykjavik University, run my own independent theater company, Háaloftid, and film production company, Freyja Filmwork, that focuses on producing film projects where women are in key roles.

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Director Statement

What inspired me to tell the story of Helga is the need for reminding us of what really matters the most in life, because we all know or should know that it is love and recognition. Some days just a simple “nice to see you” can share some light to our darkest feelings, a warm smile or a hug can make everything so right some days. And it costs nothing. A friend of mine, a woman I know, told me once that when she was a child she got to know this old woman who was a patient at an asylum nearby her house and everyday the old woman welcomed her like she was the most wonderful person she had ever met. This made the little lost child feel accepted and important to someone, since at home she was neglected and things were difficult. “It saved my life, to have met this woman, at least it saved my confidence and made me feel that I mattered” my friend said to me and then I just knew that I had to tell the world this simple but important story of what matters the most in life.