Vanskabte Land - Volaða Land

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

At the end of the 19th century, a young Danish priest travels to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and to photograph its people. But the deeper he penetrates into the inner of this imposing place, the further away he diverts from his purpose, his mission and his morals. One of the most sensational films that premiered in this year's Cannes (Un Certain Regard competition), the mystic Godland by Icelander Hlynur Pálmason, poses every huge supernatural and existential question (human's place within nature and the universe, faith and fear of God, the quest for what connects us with the Other, reconciliation with death as a means of overcoming agony), utilizing an impressive film discourse that reminds us from Terrence Malick to Dreyer and Bergman, and from (the similarly thematic) Silence by Martin Scorcese to the magnificent Calvary by John Michael McDonaugh. A film experience that one more so lives through than merely watches, but made for the big screen, despite its overall magnitude.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Hlynur Pálmason
Script: Hlynur Pálmason
Cinematography: Maria von Hausswolff
Editing: Julius Krebs Damsbo
Sound: Björn Viktorsson, Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Music: Alex Zhang Hungtai
Actors: Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Vic Carmen Sonne, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Waage Sandø
Production: Snowglobe, Join Motion Pictures
Producers: Katrin Pors, Anton Máni Svansson, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin
Co-production: Maneki Films, Garagefilm, Film I Väst
Costumes: Nina Grønlund
Production Design: Frosti Friðriksson
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 143΄
Distribution in Greece: One from the Heart
Contact: New Europe Film Sales

Hlynur Pálmason

Hlynur Pálmason is an artist and filmmaker, born in 1984 in Iceland. He started out as a visual artist and continued his career in filmmaking by pursuing education at the Danish National Film School. Pálmason lives and works in Iceland and Denmark with his wife and three kids.


2012 A Day or Two (short)
2013 A Painter (short) 
2014 Seven Boats (short)
2017 Winter Brothers
2019 A White, White Day
2022 Godland