Under the Glacier (2009)
by Halldór Laxness
Directed and Adapted by George Toles
Featuring Simon Bracken, Darcy Fehr, John Landerville, Ross McMillan, Stephanie Moroz, Rob Ross, Jane Walker, Kerri Woloszyn, with Paul Madziak
Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness’s Under the Glacier is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a wryly provocative novel at once earthy and otherworldly; it overflows with comedy both wild and deadpan as it conjures a phantasmagoria as beguiling as it is profound.
“Iceland’s Nobel literary laureate Halldór Laxness provides the material for this comically surreal drama about God, women and fish. His 1968 novel has been adapted by Winnipeg film and theatre guru George Toles, best known as Guy Maddin’s script writer. So it’s not surprising that the 75 minute piece has a dark and mockingly sombre tone, like Ingmar Bergman crossed with Saturday Night Live.” — Morley Walker, Winnipeg Free Press