svar við bréfi helgu
Bergsveinn Birgisson, Ottó G. Borg and Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Birgitta Björnsdóttir, Skúli Fr. Malmquist
Zik Zak Filmworks, Co-Produced with Allfilm (EE), Rotterdam Films (NL)
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).