White Night Wedding

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White Night Wedding
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Directed byBaltasar Kormákur
Produced byAgnes Johansen
Baltasar Kormákur
Kim Magnusson
Lilja Pálmadóttir
Written byScreenplay:
Baltasar Kormákur
Ólafur Egilsson
StarringHilmir Snær Guðnason
Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir
Laufey Elíasdóttir
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson
Jóhann Sigurðsson
Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir
Ólfur Darri Ólafsson
Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir
Ólafur Egilsson
Karl Guðmundsson
Music bySigurður Bjóla
Jón Ólafsson
CinematographyBergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Edited byElísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Release date
  • 18 January 2008 (2008-01-18)
Running time
96 minutes

White Night Wedding (Icelandic: Brúðguminn) is a 2008 Icelandic film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. The bittersweet comedy, about the never-ending search for love and happiness, takes place in Flatey, Breiðafjörður, western Iceland. The film is loosely based on the play Ivanov by Anton Chekhov.


The film opens with a wedding rehearsal at a small church in an isolated barren landscape. At the altar groom-to-be Jon, a middle-aged literature professor, is repeatedly interrupted by the ringing of his cell phone, much to the minister's annoyance. The present narrative alternates with flashbacks that depiction the disintegration of Jon's first marriage to sensitive artist Anna. Jon's new bride-to-be, Thora, is a former student half his age, which triggers disapproval by some, including his future in-laws. [1] As preparations for the wedding unfold during the "white night" (the shortest night of the year, when it is never fully dark), the reason for Jon's increasing reluctance to marry is revealed: he and Anna visited the same spot a year earlier, and she died in an accident after she found Jon and Thora making love.[2] The marriage finally takes place, and Jon and Thora settle down to a life very much like the one he had with Anna.


Critical reception[edit]

White Night Wedding was nominated for the 2008 Nordic Council Film Prize and the 2009 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. It received seven Edda Awards in 2008:

  • Best film
  • Best actor
  • Best supporting actor (Throstur Leo Gunnarsson)
  • Best supporting actress (Olafia Hronn Jonsdottir)
  • Best cinematographer: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
  • Best costumes: Helga I. Stefansdottir
  • Best set design: Gretar Reynisson and Atli Geir Gretarsson[1]


  1. ^ a b White Night Wedding (Original title: Brúdgummin Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  2. ^ Iceland—White Night Wedding Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  3. ^ Cast of White Night Wedding Retrieved 2011-09-24.

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