A White, White Day
Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur
Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
Hlynur Pálmason’s crisp sophomore drama extends the visual elegance and complex character exploration of his debut, Winter Brothers (VIFF 17), by focusing on Ingimundur (Ingvar Sigurðsson, deeply unsettling), a former police chief in an isolated Icelandic community who is tormented by his wife’s car-accident death. As he sublimates his anguish by pointlessly renovating his home, that torment evolves into suspicion that she was cheating on him with a younger colleague when she died. And that suspicion, in turn, evolves into obsession…
Pálmason has the rare ability to evoke the psychological by finding objective correlatives in his mise en scène, whether its by showing Ingimundur inadvertently frightening his granddaughter with a morbid fairy tale, or his acting out his grief and suspicion by overaggressive play on the sporting pitch. Pálmason’s control and unnerving insight are really something to marvel at – A White, White Day shows that the achievements of Winter Brothers were not a fluke.
"Visually arresting and emotionally rewarding… Ingimundur is a fascinating character, splendidly portrayed." - Lisa Nesselson, Screen
Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award, Critics’ Week, Cannes 19