The Icelandic Dream

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The Icelandic Dream
Íslenski draumurinn .jpg
Directed by Robert Ingi Douglas
Produced by Jón F. Thoroddsen Júlíus Kemp
Written by Robert Ingi Douglas
Starring Þórhallur Sverrisson
Music by Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography Júlus Kemp
Edited by Robert Ingi Douglas
Distributed by Samfilm
Release date
October 19, 2001 (USA)
Running time
90 min.
Country Iceland
Language Icelandic
English, Thai

The Icelandic Dream (Icelandic: Íslenski draumurinn (About this sound pronunciation )) is a 2000 Icelandic film directed by Robert Ingi Douglas. The movie depicts the story about an average Icelander and his dream to maintain wealth and fame.


Þórhallur Sverrisson stars as "Tóti", a 29-year-old grade school graduate who tries to earn his living by importing Bulgarian cigarettes to Iceland. His 18-year-old girlfriend "Dagmar", played by Hafdís Huld, is trying to put up with him and his hobbies and soccer, while in high school (Menntaskóli). His best friend "Valli", a house painter and a longtime friend of Tóti speaks his mind throughout the movie, such as his thoughts on women and his patriotic ideas on Iceland, he is played by Jón Gnarr.



The movie was filmed in Reykjavík, Iceland. It was one of the three biggest box office movies in Iceland in the year 2000. The dialogue of the film was improvised. Þórhallur Sverrisson and Jón Gnarr performance in the film set new standard in Icelandic film and television acting. The director, Robert Ingi Douglas, created a movie that was considerably admired for its portrayal of joy, sadness and laughter in a film about the common Icelandic man and his life.

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