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A young polish boy who has been raised in Iceland dreams of becoming a painter. Art it not something that is associated with his family and they have other expectations of him. So In order to get one step closer to living out his dreams he must then go behind his family back and face the consequence.

  • Emil Alfreð Emilsson
    Director
  • Ottar Thorbergsson
    Director
  • Emil Alfreð Emilsson
    Writer
  • Emil Alfreð Emilsson
    Producer
  • Ottar Thorbergsson
    Producer
  • Bartosz Grzymala
    Key Cast
    "Oliwier"
  • Kristofer Gayevsky
    Key Cast
    "Father"
  • Ágúst Örn B. Wigum
    Key Cast
    "Halldór"
  • Ottar Thorbergsson
    Cinematographer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,600 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iceland
  • Country of Filming:
    Iceland
  • Language:
    Icelandic, Polish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Emil Alfreð Emilsson, Ottar Thorbergsson

Óttar and Emil met as students in the Icelandic Film School where
they both have graduated from. This is there second short film
were they put their backs together.
In 2017 they made the short film "Three Men" wich was Emil's
graduation film.
It has travelled all a It has travelled all around the world and been screened at prolific
festivals such as "64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen" where it recevied a special mention from the WDR Westart Audience Jury.
It also won the Catalin Cocris award for best screenplay at ISFF
Cinemaiubit and Óttar was nominated for best cinematography at
Redline International Film festival.
The film was enrolled as the participant film from the Icelandic Film
School for the 2018 Cilect film school competition where it got the
highest ever seating at 14th place out of a 140 film schools beating
some of the most prestigious film schools in the world.
The duo really enjoyed working together and with their second
short film "Heima" finished are now brainstorming on the next project.

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Director Statement

Heima is a short film about a young boy who struggles to justify to
himself that he can make his dreams come true.
The story is inspired by a talk Emil had with a really talented kid
that he works with as a youth counsellor where he was telling him
that he felt truly useless. He has had the cards stacked against him
nearly since birth and it had gone to that point that he had this
really clouded image of himself and could not see his own gifts.
We decided to have the main charachters a family from Poland because we wanted to also use the opportunity to give foreign families in Iceland a voice, it is rarely that we get to see positive foreign
characters in an Icelandic film and we really felt the urge to try and
accomplished that.
But the main goal here was to make a film for young boys and girls
that maybe have not had the same luxories as other children growing up and try and inspire them to never give up on their dreams
how ever big they are or how hard it may be.