L'ICEBERG
THE ICEBERG

Director: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy

Screenplay: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy

Cast:
Nattikuttuk: Lucy Tulugarjuk
FIona: Fiona Gordon
Julien: Dominique Abel
René: Philippe Martz

Awards:
Best Film, Golden Precolumbian Circle, Bogota Film Festival (2005)

Running time: 84’
Production: Belgium, 2005
Rating: Not Rated
Gauge: 35mm (color)
Genre: Comedy

Distributor: First Run Features

 




"Writer-directors Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, and Bruno Romy are clearly on the side of life's outsiders (note the particularly inspired gag at a border check), perfectly willing to play fate's fools so that an ineffable true love can find its fullest, most joyous cinematic expression."
Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine

Fiona is the manager of a fast-food restaurant and lives with her family in the suburbs. She seems happy until one day she accidentally gets locked in a walk-in industrial freezer while closing up the restaurant. Half frozen and barely alive in the morning, she realizes that her husband and two children didn’t even notice that she was missing. Little by little, Fiona develops an obsession for everything cold and icy: snow, polar bears, fridges, icebergs... One day she drops everything, climbs into a frozen goods delivery truck and leaves home: she wants to see a real iceberg. As her adventures unfolds, Fiona unsettles the lives of those around her. Her husband desperately tries to get her back, but she falls in love with a gruff sailor who accepts to bring her to the North Pole. In the end all works out well, she goes back to her husband and the sailor marries an Inuit tribeswoman. Using mainly sound and vision, with very little language, Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Rony employ a series of inventive set pieces that are sure to elicit laughter. L’Iceberg is a deadpan Belgian comedy that speaks the universal language of slapstick. It falls somewhere between Keaton and Tati.

 
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