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Dagur Kári



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Dagur Kári

Main cast: Paul Dano, Brian Cox, Bill Buell

Short synopsis : A comic, odd couple friendship between suicidal Lucas and misanthropic bar owner Jacques is disrupted by the arrival of love in the form of a beautiful, drunken air stewardess.

Long synopsis : Lucas has come to an existential dead-end. He is young and homeless, living in a cardboard box under the Brooklyn Bridge. With total lack of prospects for the future, Lucas tries to commit suicide, but the attempt is a failure like everything else in his life. Recuperating in hospital, Lucas is forced to share a room with Jacques, a grouchy old bar-owner whose unhealthy lifestyle has resulted in no fewer than five heart attacks. With no family and a high risk of passing away any minute, Jacques takes Lucas under his wing with the intention of passing on his legacy. Lucas moves in and begins a hectic learning process in a bar with its own set of rules and philosophies. Against all odds, Jacques and Lucas form a quirky friendship. Everything seems to be going according to plan... Until one rainy night when April, a drunken stewardess, strays into the bar. Lucas is unable to turn this beautiful stranger away and invites her to stay. This poses a dramatic threat to Jacques´ plans and from that point on, things can only go wrong.


  • Paul Dano, Brian Cox, Bill Buell, Susan Blommaert, Alice Olivia Clarke, Sonnie Brown


  • Producer(s): Skuli Fr. Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson
  • Director(s): Dagur Kári
  • Screenplay: Dagur Kári
  • DP: Rasmus Videbæk
  • Editing: Andri Steinn
  • Original Music: Orri Jonsson, Dagur Kári
  • Set Design: Halfdan Pedersen
  • Genre(s): Drama

  • Production company: ZIK ZAK FILMWORKS
  • Production date: 2009
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 95 min
  • Deauville American Film Festival 2009
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2009 - Special Presentations
  • Busan International Film Festival 2009 - World Cinema
  • Marrakech International Film Festival 2009
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2009
    Award(s) : Nordic Vision Award
  • Copenhagen International Film Festival 2010
  • Transilvania International Film Festival 2010
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010
  • Beirut International Film Festival 2010
  • Sao Paulo Mostra Internacional de Cinema 2010
  • Sottodiciotto Film Festival 2010
  • Festival De Cinéma Européen des Arcs 2009