Almost 5,000 people went to the cinema to watch the documentary Draumalandid (“Dreamland”) by Andri Snaer Magnason and Thorfinnur Gudnason during the Easter weekend, which places it among the most popular Icelandic documentaries.
Andri Snaer Magnason. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
In fact, only one other Icelandic documentary has been watched by more moviegoers, Sunshine Boy by Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, which covers the story of the autistic boy Keli and premiered in January, Fréttabladid reports.
Almost 4,000 people watched that film during the premiere weekend and 12,000 people in total, which makes it the most popular Icelandic documentary ever made. But now Draumalandid might claim its title.
The film is a follow-up to Magnason’s eponymous book, which sold 20,000 copies. It’s a sharp criticism on heavy industry and promotes environmental protection. Magnason urges those who were against his book to watch the movie. “Now is the time for critical thinking,” he said.