Half Elf (2020)

  • Main Competition
  • 1h 4m


A lighthouse keeper prepares his earthly funeral while trying to reconnect the elf within. Hulda and Trausti have shared a roof on Icelandic shores for over seventy years. Her love of books is matched by his love of stones. When he bursts out singing, she begs him to stop screaming; when he tells her he wants to change his name to “Elf” she warns him that his family will abandon him. Now, as his hundredth birthday nears and Trausti senses the hand of death upon him, he is on a quest to find the coffin that can carry this elf back to the mysteries beyond. Half Elf is a modern Icelandic fairy-tale, where life is celebrated - despite everything, despite ourselves, and despite the reality that awaits all of us in the end.

This film will not be available to watch in Iceland and North America.

Competing for the RAI Film Prize and Basil Wright Film Prize.

A live discussion with the filmmaker will take place on Zoom on Saturday 27 March, 15:00 - 15:25 UTC. Find a link to join the live discussion here.

You can read a review by Lula Wattam about Jón Bjarki Magnússon’s film, Half Elf on our blog.

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Bonus Content

Jón Bjarki Magnússon in conversation

Half Elf filmmaker interviewed by Lula Wattam

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