Monday, January 16, 2006

A Little Trip to Heaven in Iceland?

“A Little Trip to Heaven” is a movie directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and stars Peter Coyote, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and Julia Stiles

In this movie an insurance investigator HOLT (Whitaker) is sent to the small town of Hastings, Minnesota to try and piece together the mystery surrounding a dead body with a million-dollar life insurance policy, the beneficiary ISOLD (Stiles) who hides a mystifying past, and her strange husband FRED (Renner).

So what is so special about this movie other than it has an Icelandic director? Well for one the movie was shot almost entirely in Iceland but the main reason it's special is because part of the movie was shot at A.T. Mahan High School with 80 students from A.T. Mahan Elementary and A.T. Mahan High School participating as extras. If you watch the movie trailer closely you will get a glimpse Whitaker walking down the A.T. Mahan High School hall as the A.T. Mahan student extras transit between classes.

Does this look like Minnesota to you?

The movie hasn’t been distributed in the United States (yet) however it has been shown at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and it opened in Iceland theaters on December 26th, 2005. The movie will screen at the Sundance Film Festival, Jan 19-29, in Park City, Utah. Then general release in the U.S. is expected to follow.

The critic reviews are mixed however almost all of them mention that the movie is surreal, dissonant, but pretty. Wow --- Imagine that!

Links: See the Movie Trailer and other movie information here. Also make sure to check out the pictures Julia Stiles took in Iceland posted at her official website! She took some good pictures.


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