White Whales (film)

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White Whales aka
Directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Produced by Petter J. Borgli & Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Written by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson and Einar Kárason
Starring Eggert Guðmundsson
Þórarinn Óskar Þórarinsson
Eggert Þorleifsson
Music by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Sykurmolarnir, Bubbi Morthens & MX-21
Distributed by Icelandic Film Corporation
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Iceland
Language Icelandic

White Whales (orig: Skytturnar (About this sound pronunciation )) the third film directed by Icelandic director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson in 1987. Starring Eggert Guðmundsson, Þórarinn Óskar Þórarinsson, and Eggert Þorleifsson, this film features Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Sykurmolarnir, Bubbi Morthens, and MX-21 on the soundtrack. The film was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 60th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]



The story starts when two experienced whalers decided to settle down in Reykjavík at the end of the whaling season. While there, they get into trouble and are thrown out of one establishment after another. When events escalated to violence, they break into a weapons shop and steal rifles to confront the police.


Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson.
Producer: Petter J. Borgli and Friðrik Þór Friðriksson.
Writers: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson and Einar Kárason.
Cinematography: Ari Kristinsson.
Edition: Tómas Gíslason and Jens Bidstrup.
Music performers: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Sykurmolarnir, Bubbi Morthens & MX-21.
Sound recording: Þorbjörn Erlingsson and Þorvar Hafsteinsson.
Coincidental music: “Doubt”, “Atmosphere Pt. 1”, “Atmosphere Pt. 2”, “Tension Pt. 1”, “Tension Pt. 2”, “Tension Pt. 3”, “Sorrow”.
Other tracks: “Batman Theme”, “Car Rock”, “Sweet Jane”, “99th Floor” and “Synist”.
Note: all track names given in English.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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