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Fúsi
Directed by: Dagur Kári
Iceland, Denmark 2015
94 Min  | Subtitles in Hebrew

Fúsi is a 43 year old who weighs 150 pounds, or even more. He works as ground staff, unloading luggage at Reykjavik airport.  He is extremely talented, can fix everything, and although this helps him to easily make friends, he still lives with his mother. He lets his life drift along without any influence on his part, and he has never been in a relationship.

One of his hobbies is to recreate battles from World War II, which he deploys by placing miniature lead soldiers, in the living room of the apartment he shares with his mother.

His second hobby is listening to "at your request" radio programs which are broadcast during  the late hours of the night, where he asks them to play his favorite hits. His mother has a partner, the same age as her, and in order to gain privacy, they enroll Fúsi, against his will, in a country dance class. There he meets a young woman named Sjöfn, it turns out that she is suffering from emotional difficulties, destroying hope of any future relationship and due to the fact that Fúsi, with his limited life experience, does not have the right skills do deal with such a matter. However, in his own special way, and with a heart no less large than his huge dimensions, he refuses to give up, and manages to penetrate the fortress that Sjöfn has built to protect herself.

Fúsi won the Best Picture Award and the Directing and Acting Award at the Tribeca Film  Festival.

Dagur Kári is an Icelandic film director who was born in Paris in 1973. He graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999, after which he returned to Iceland to make his  first film there, Noi Albinoi. A story about an albino boy in a godforsaken town in the north of the country, who is desperately in love with a local girl, who works at the town gas station, and dreams to escape with her. This internationally acclaimed comedy largely symbolizes Kári’s special cinematic style, who, in recent years, has served as program director at the Copenhagen Film School, the same school he himself attended years ago. Kári is also a musician and a member of the Slowblow band.

Screened at the 5th Arava International Film Festival (2016)

 

Director :
Dagur Kári
Cinematography:
Rasmus Videbæk
Editing:
Olivier Bugge Coutté, Andri Steinn Guðjónsson
Music:
Slowblow
Actors:
Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson, Franziska Una Dagsdóttir, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir
Courtesy by:
Icelandic Film Centre