whale valley

gudmundur arnar gudmundsson

2013 Denmark FICTION 15 '

The film shows a pure love story between two brothers who live in a remote Icelandic fjord with their parents. When the younger brother, a little boy, witnesses a life or death moment involving his big brother it sets in motion the possibility of either a great tragedy or a turning point to better times in the brothers' lives.


Gudmundur was born in Reykjavik, Iceland 1982. He graduated in fine art from the Icelandic Art Academy. There after he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. Gudmundur works as a filmmaker and a part time teacher in film and fine art. His short films have collected 20 international awards and over 100 nominations. Whale Valley received among others; a Special Mention in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, Best Short film at Hamptons I.F.F. and a nomination for Best Short film to the European Film Awards. Ártún received f.x. the Grand Prix for Best Short Film at Brest S.F.F and The Golden Plaque for Best Live Action/Narrative Short at Chicago I.F.F.