Beautiful Beings

When a teenage boy adopts a bullied misfit into his gang of outsiders, he begins to experience a series of dreamlike visions.

Synopsis

Addi, a boy raised by a clairvoyant mother, decides to adopt a bullied misfit into his gang of outsiders. Left to their own devices, the boys explore aggression and violence but also learn about loyalty and love. As their behavior escalates towards life-threatening situations, Addi begins to experience a series of dreamlike visions. Can his newfound intuition guide him and his friends back to a safer path, or will they dive irrevocably into further violence?

Genre
drama

Coproducers
Motor, Hobab, Film i Väst, Bastide Films

RELEASE DATE
15. 9. 2022

FORMAT
DCP, HD Files

RUNTIME
123 min

With the support of Icelandic Film Centre, Iceland’s Ministry of Industries and Innovation, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV, Sena, Danish Film Institute, DR, Scanbox, Swedish Film Institute, Film i Väst, Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Czech Film Fund, Nordisk Film & TV fond, and Eurimages

Trailer & Photogallery

Cast & Crew

DIRECTOR
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

WRITERS
Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Director of Photography
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

EDITOR
Andri Steinn Gudjónsson, Anders Skov

MUSIC
Kristian Eidnes Andersen

SOUND DESIGN
Jan Schermer, Björn Viktorsson

About the film

Fourteen-year-old Balli is something of a misfit. He lives with his drug-addicted mother in a squalid house and is bullied by his classmates. A stepfather who “thought the gun wasn’t loaded” has left him with a glass eye. But then Balli meets three boys of his own age – Addi, Konni and Siggi – and a friendship gently develops. For the first time in his life, Balli finds that he is able to connect, especially with Addi, whose mother believes in “the subconscious”. Addi is fighting his own demons and, when his visions appear to indicate that Balli’s brutal stepfather can no longer be tolerated, the boys decide to act.
Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson finds poetic images for a world marked by violence and aggression in his coming-of-age drama. In it, he depicts a group of youths who are in danger of foundering on the gender-normative behavioural code of their peer group. Desperately they cling to each other – with a grip that is painful and tender in equal measure.