Metalhead

  • 97'
  • Iceland
  • 2013
Icelandic Hera was born in 1970, the year Black Sabbath heralded the birth of heavy metal with their debut album. The girl, her parents and elder brother Baldur live on a remote farm where she has an idyllic childhood until Baldur dies before her eyes in an accident.
Hera deals with her immense loss and extreme guilt in a way that frightens her parents: she becomes a passionate metalhead just like her brother, wears his old clothes and turns into a rebellious teen. Now that Hera is almost an adult, her ambition is to be a rock star, family relations are worse than ever and the broken young woman keeps getting into trouble.
Becoming an adult is never easy, but Bragason manages to compassionately incorporate his traumatised protagonist's teen years into his drama, which is not only emotional but also humorous.
Director
Ragnar Bragason
Country of production
Iceland
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
97'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Malmhaus
Language
Icelandic
Producers
David Oskar Olafsson, Arni Filippusson
Production Company
Mystery Production
Sales
Picture Tree International
Screenplay
Ragnar Bragason
Cinematography
August Jakobsson
Editor
Valdís Óskarsdóttir
Production Design
Sveinn Vidar Hjartarson
Sound Design
Huldar Freyr Arnarson
Music
Pétur Ben
Cast
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Thorbjörg Helga Thorgilsdóttir