English title: DREAM HUNTERS
Release date: MARCH 1996.
Film format: 35MM, COLOUR
Film Ratio: 1:1.66
Sound format: DOLBY SR
Running time: 90 MIN.
Information and sales: Gjóla films ehf.
Director: ÁSDÍS THORODDSEN
Screenplay: ÁSDÍS THORODDSEN
Producer: MARTIN SCHLÜTER
Co-producers: HEINO DECKERT, FRIÐRIK ÞÓR FRIÐRIKSSON
Production company: GJÓLA FILMS,
Production manager: HLYNUR ÓSKARSSON/FAHAD FALUR JABALI
STEINA: SILJA HAUKSDÓTTIR
STYRJA: RAGNHEIÐUR AXEL
GUNNAR: BALTASAR KORMÁKUR
GUGGA: BERGÞÓRA ARADÓTTIR
RAGNHEIÐUR: MARGRÉT ÁKADÓTTIR
VALA: RAGNHILDUR RÚRIKSDÓTTIR
Director of Cinematography: HALLDÓR GUNNARSSON
Composer: EINAR A. MELAX
Art direction: ÞORVALDUR BÖÐVAR JÓNSSON
Editor: VALDÍS ÓSKARSDÓTTIR
Language of dialogue: ICELANDIC
The smell of leather, whiskey and cigars: Two young women, friends, fall in love with the same man, an adventurous young buisnessman. Missing forged documents wreak havoc on the lives of everyone involved...
The stench of leather, whiskey and cigars fused together constitute the true basis of a masculine aroma, that is if there is any truth in pulp romance. Steina, a twenty year old Reykjavík maiden who has recently broken up with her boyfriend, is swept off her feet by this seducing scent. Her girl friend Styrja is also easy prey. They both fall in love with the same man, - Gunnar, a young and dashing entrepreneur. An so does Vala, his ambitious accountant... but her career is more important to her than the tickling aroma.
Steina's domestic circumstances differ in all respects from the slick world of the man of her dreams. Her mother, a lover of poems from a strong line of farmers, seeks refuge in booze when encountered by the bottleneck´s in life and Steina´s little sister, Gugga, a master at truancy, seeks nothing more than an break in life, at what ever cost.
A market "blitz" is Gunnar´s answear to declining sales of his business and Steina becomes his strategic secret weapon. He passes her off as a fashion model, the image of the cosmetics he imports.
Gunnar tampers with his friend´s will and testament and uses the money to finance his marketing campaign. Steina, without knowing it, takes possession of the forgery and the original, which are then stolen by her younger sister, who has no inkling about their origin, nor that they are from her late father, whom she never knew. After the disappearance of the documents relations are subject to change...
...Draumadísir is fairly unusual for an Icelandic film. Ásdís Thoroddsen's work is unlike any other, except her own, Ingaló. Overall it is a good piece of work, especially the script and the actors' performances.
Tíminn, 23 March 1996 .
...Ásdís's direction is sure; the story has a barb, and the dialogues are often clever...
Dagbladid Vísir, 22 March 1996.
...[The film] is amusingly wintry and cynical; at the same time, it is often warm and personal and really well acted, especially by Silja Hauksdóttir, who, as Steina, has the most important role...
Morgunbladid, 22 March 1996.
...Dense atmosphere and not at all chilled in an Icelandic context…
Westdeutsche Zeitung, 29 November 1996.
"Here we have a funny film - a bizarre little gem. Absolutely something you have to see".
Télé OBS, France
"Good! Due to original and quirky story-telling"
Télé Z, France
"Something put a spell on me!"
TV Magazine, Le Figaro, France
"An appealing and humorus portrayal of a fighting young Icelandic lady".
Télé Loisirs, France
"A delightful film"
The Icelandic State TV, March 1996