A Letter fra Helga

2022 • 1h 52m • Iceland,Estonia,Netherlands

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Festival tag:

New Nordic Films


Original title
svar við bréfi helgu
Ása Hjörleifsdóttir
Bergsveinn Birgisson, Ottó G. Borg and Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Jasper Wolf
Birgitta Björnsdóttir, Skúli Fr. Malmquist
Production company
Zik Zak Filmworks, Co-Produced with Allfilm (EE), Rotterdam Films (NL)
Int. Sales
Iceland in the 1940's. Bjarni, a young, idealistic farmer has a place in this world; a family farm, status and respect in the community. He is in an apparently perfect marriage to the beautiful and hard-working Unnur, but underneath the bright surface, a silent anguish is growing between husband and wife, too painful to talk about. On the neighbouring farm lives the intelligent and lovely Helga, a mother of two. Her poetic mind is trapped in farm life and in a marriage with a man who was never her equal. Bjarni and Helga’s shared love for literature leads to rumours of an affair, and ironically this is what eventually drives them together. A passionate, forbidden affair begins –with emotions running as wild as the ocean waves that surround them.


Ása Hjörleifsdóttir is an Icelandic writer/director, and a graduate of the Columbia Film MFA program. Her films include the short film Ástarsaga (2013 finalist for a Student Oscar) and the feature films The Swan (TIFF 2017).
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