In the midst of the beautiful desolation of Iceland, Einar sits in an isolated cabin. His memories inform a growing depression and in a moment of desperation, he calls his ex, Gunnar, hoping that their conversation will temporarily alleviate his despair. Hearing the frightened and hopeless edge in his voice, Gunnar sets out in the middle of the night in an effort to assuage Einar’s fears. As they spend the next few days together, the seclusion and their memories become an all-consuming prison. Gunnar feels a creeping paranoia and is unable to discern what is real and what is fabricated. Einar’s sudden disappearance throws Gunnar into total chaos, seemingly without hope of escape. Rift is a masterclass in tension and a tribute to the art of slow-burn cinema. -GHR
Filmmaker scheduled to attend
Preceded by the short film “The Shadow” (3 min).
PRD: Baldvin Kári Sveinbjörnsson, Erlingur Thoroddsen; WRI: Erlingur Thoroddsen; DP: John Wakayama Carey; ED: Erlingur Thoroddsen