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Summerlight... and Then Comes the Night
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A profound and playful masterwork that explores the dreams and desires of ordinary people in a rural town and asks questions about life, death and love.
Award-winning Icelandic director Elfar Adalsteins made a drama about a sparsely populated village in Iceland, where all its inhabitants live far from each other. The geographic setup is ideal for this kind of quirky and sweet-natured ensemble about just how different yet similar we human beings are. A story about relationships, sorrows and joys intertwined in the stories of the villagers. Based on the book of the same name by the famous Icelandic author Jón Kalman Stefánsson. „I was born and raised in a small fishing village on the East coast of Iceland so I felt I knew this unique gallery of characters personally. The wonderful story world just came alive in my minds eye and I knew I had to try to get the rights to the novel, so masterfully written by Jón Kalman Stefánsson,“ said film director about the book.

Elfar Adalsteins

Elfar Adalsteins is an Icelandic director, screenwriter and producer. He studied filmmaking at MetFilm School and screenwriting at Royal Holloway. As well as developing homegrown projects through his company Berserk Films, he has collaborated on producing a diversified slate of international independent films. Elfar’s short film Sailcloth, starring renowned actor John Hurt, received numerous international awards and was shortlisted for the 2012 Academy A wards Oscars and BAFTA. Elfar’s directorial debut feature film, End of Sentence, starri ng John Hawkes and Logan Lerman, was released in 2019 and distributed worldwide. In this second feature, ‘Summerlight & Then Comes the Night’, Elfar directs an all Icelandic ensemble cast from his screenplay adaptation of Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s celebrated novel. Watch similar SCANDI movies on Edisonline.

Directed by
Elfar Adalsteins
Written by
Elfar Adalsteins
Edited by
Stefanía Thors
David Williamson
Sound by
Yanna Soentjens
Music by
Gunnar Tynes
Heida Reed, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Svandís Dóra Einarsdóttir, Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Siggi Ingvarsson, Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
Original title
Sumarljós og svo kemur nóttin
English title
Summerlight... and Then Comes the Night
Running time
111 min
Drama, Comedy
Age rating
Release date
17. 8. 2023
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Media reception

„Sometimes dark, sometimes absurdist comedy"
Screen Daily
„A journey towards fulfilment"
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