Um ryð


Synopsis: A psychological drama where past wrongs are put right. Baddi has a rundown car-repair business on a remote cape in Iceland. The garage has been struggling for years but the new highway across the cape has cremed off what little trade was left. Now Baddi is in the middle of nowhere. His life, too, has been a downward spiral ever since his wife was murdered some years back. The convicted killer – a family friend – escaped and fled to South America, and has not been heard since. Baddi’s assistant Raggi is none to bright but he’s a genius when it comes to fixing cars. He’s mad about Baddi’s daughter Sissa, but like her brother Haffi, the tension of home life have told on her. Nevertheless they struggle to get by and keep their spirits up. The fragile balance of their relationship is shattered by the unexpected arrival of Pétur. He’s decided the time has come to settle old scores with Baddi, the man whose wife he allegedly killed and he becomes the catalyst in an astonishing sequence of events that brings the unwelcome truth to the surface at last.

Original title: Ryð
English title: Rust
Genre: Drama
Language: Icelandic

Director: Lárus Ýmir Óskarsson
Scriptwriter: Ólafur Haukur Símonarson
Main cast: Bessi Bjarnason, Christine Carr, Egill Ólafsson, Sigurdur Sigurjónsson, Stefán Jónsson
Editor: Skafti Gudmundsson
Cinematographer: Göran Nilsson
Sound design: Gunnar Smári Helgason, Hjörtur Howser
Music: Egill Ólafsson, Wim Mertens
Producer(s): Sigurjón Sighvatsson
Production company:
The Garage Ltd.
Co-production company: Channel 2 Iceland, Connexion Film – Willi Baer, Swedish Film Institute

Country: Iceland, Sweden
Sound: Dolby
Length: 100 minutes
Film gauge/aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Premier date and year: 1. December 1990

Young Public Prize at the Nordic Film Festival in Rouen 1992