« Once viewers jettison narrative expectations, they’ll be able to bury themselves snugly in this moving composite vision in which Icelandic society itself is the protagonist. »


Iceland, Christmas time. As everyone prepares for the holidays, a peculiar atmosphere falls upon the country revealing emotions of both excitement and concern. In the middle of the countryside, an abandoned farm is burning. In a slaughterhouse, chickens are parading along a rail. In a museum, a mother is arguing with her ex-husband on the phone. In a living room, a young girl is making her grandmother try on her new virtual reality headset….

Through 56 independent scenes, Echo draws a portrait, both biting and tender, of modern day Iceland during the often turbulent but also exciting time of the Christmas holidays.



  • 72nd Locarno Int’l Film Festival, Competition 2019



  • 2019 Echo
  • 2015 Sparrows
  • 2011 Volcano
  • 2009 Anna (Short)
  • 2008 2 Birds (Short)
  • 2004 The Last Farm (Short)
  • 2002 Leitin að Rajeev (Documentary)


Nadía Sif Líndal, Telma Huld Jóhannesdóttir, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson


Screenwriter: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Cinematography: Sophia Olsson
Editing: Jacob Secher Schulsinger
Sound Designer: Gunnar Óskarsson
Music: Kjartan Sveinsson
Producers: Rúnar Rúnarsson, Live Hide, Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir
Co-Producers: Sarah Chazelle, Etienne Ollagnier, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Jim Stark
Production: Nimbus Film Productions (DK), Bord Cadre films (CH), MP Film (CI), Nimbus Iceland (ISL), Pegasus Pictures (ISL)
International Sales: Jour2Fête (FR)

Technical Data

Format: 2.35 : 1 / couleur / 5.1
Runtime: 79′
Released: 2019
Language: Icelandic
Subtitles: English, French


Original title: Bergmál