DIRECTED BY - Thorfinnur Gudnason, Andri Mangnason
How much unspoiled nature should we preserve and what do we sacrifice for clean, renewable energy? Dreamland gradually turns into a disturbing picture of corporate power taking over small communities.
Dreamland is a film about a nation standing at cross-roads. Leading up to the country’s greatest economic crisis, the government started the largest mega project in the history of Iceland, to build the biggest dam in Europe to provide Alcoa cheap electricity for an aluminum smelter in the rugged east fjords of Iceland. Today Iceland is left holding a huge dept and an uncertain future.
RUNTIME - 89 minutes
RATING - PG (MPAA)
YEAR - 2009
- Camden International Film Festival 2010 (Camden, United States)
- DocAviv: Tel-Aviv International Documentary Film Festival 2010 (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
- DOCPOINT Film Festival 2010 (Helsinki, Finland)
- Doxa International Documentary Film Festival Vancouver 2010 (Vancouver, Canada)
- Edda Awards 2010 (Reykjavik, Iceland)
- Goteburg Film Festival 2010 (Goteburg, Sweden)
- Hamburg Film Festival 2010 (Hamburg, Germany)
- Hot Docs: Canadian International Documentary Festival 2010 (Toronto, Canada)
- Leeds International Film Festival 2010 (Leeds, United Kingdom)
- Planete Doc Review 2010 (Warsaw, Poland)
"... it offers impassioned visual and rhetorical arguments that put the island nation's environmental and financial problems in historical perspective. Illustrating how the government blithely sold precious natural resources to predatory multinationals and used economic fear-mongering to push the deals through without proper study or reflection."
"The film is worth seeing for the visuals alone. The documentary is all the more excpetional given its ability to seamlessly weave a sense of poetic narrative with stark journalistic storytelling. The story is so well told that the film becomes its own cultural art form. It's rare to find a documentary so complete and well-directed."
"Once every five to ten years a film comes along that shakes your soul, rattles the cage of your conscience, and awakes you from a media-immpersed cryogenic dream state... the audiovisual awakening is the magnificent political documentary Dreamland."