Gnarr

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International Premiere

Iceland | 96 MINUTES

GNARR

Documentary
You'll never see politics the same! Following his country's economic meltdown, in 2009 acerbic Icelandic comedian Jon Gnarr launches his own political party, The Best Party. His platform? Build a Disneyland, put more polar bears in the zoo, economize by hiring only one Santa during the holidays, and oust from the government anyone who hasn't seen The Wire. It starts out as a joke, but when support for Gnarr's wacky mayoral bid surprisingly snowballs, a group of rebels and punk rockers quickly captures the imagination of a nation desperate for a release from the corruption that nearly brought on its collapse.

An outspoken outsider artist himself, first-time director Gaukur Úlfarsson strikes just the right balance of raucous energy and candid behind-the-scenes campaign coverage to capture both the zany humor and earnest appetite for change at the heart of Gnarr, his fellow Best Party members, and the country they love. Crisp cinematography and invigorating music (including Björk's early band The Sugarcubes, with whom Gnarr once toured) add to the unlikely atmosphere of hope Gnarr's frankness creates. Imagine if the kids who hung around outside CBGB in the late '70s were suddenly entrusted to run New York. Sounds impossible…?

 



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CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Gaukur Úlfarsson and Gaukur Úlfarsson

GAUKUR ÚLFARSSON has established himself as one of Iceland's most dangerous and outspoken directors over the last decade. He started his career in advertising, music videos, and TV. He wrote and directed the alter ego talk show Silvia Night, which has been described as Iceland's biggest art piece over the last decade.
Producer
Sigvaldi J. Kárason, Björn Ófeigsson
Primary Cast
Jón Gnarr, Heiða Helgadóttir, Óttar Proppé, Einar Örn Benediktsson, Thorsteinn Guðmudsson
Director of Photography
Björn Ófeigsson
Director
Gaukur Úlfarsson
Editor
Sigvaldi J. Kárason

CONTACTS

Publicist
Gary Springer
Springer Associates PR
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212 354 4660
gary@springerassociatespr.com
Producer
Björn Ófeigsson
Enjoy
Reykjavik, 105
Phone: +354.821.0844
bjorn@joy.is
Sales Contact
Cinetic Media
Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 204-7979
office@cineticmedia.com
Press Contact
Sigvaldi J. Kárason
Enjoy
Reykjavik, 113
Phone: +354 6973063
sigvaldi@joy.is
Sales Contact
James Marquand
Overton, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 6AF
Phone: +44 1928733191
jim@straydogsfilms.com