Á annan veg (2011) is my first feature film. It’s a film that was shot for little money but a lot of love. It takes place in the remote north of Iceland in the 1980s, and tells the story of Finnbogi and Alfreð who spend the summer painting lines on the winding roads that stretch out to the horizon. The older and more experienced of the two, Finnbogi, has been asked to do his girlfriend’s family a favour and get her younger brother, Alfreð, a job with the Road Administration; take him along for the summer and make a man out of him. The film follows this odd couple in the remote wilderness where they must deal with and tolerate each other's peculiarities, spending way more time together than either of them would ever choose to do. When a crisis occurs, an unlikely friendship is formed as both men find themselves at crossroads in their lives.
In the original version of the film, there was no score, only a few tracks from the 80’s that were played from the main characters’ cassette player. This was an aesthetic and a practical choice that fitted the film well. A few months after the film’s release I was approached by President Bongo who had seen the film and said to me: “I want to score your film." My immediate response was: “A Score? No! There is no score for a reason.” But then I thought about it again and realized this could be a fantastic idea. The President started working on the score and I was so intrigued by it that I thought it would be a great idea to release it as an alternative sound track on the DVD. DVDs don’t really exist anymore but the film does and so does the music.
Now on vinyl, we celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary.
released December 11, 2021
Produced and mixed by President Bongo
A film by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Produced by Mystery Island and Flickbook Films
Sound design by Huldar Freyr Arnarson
Hilmar Guðjónsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Valgerður Rúnarssdóttir.
Music by Stephan Stephensen, Sigtryggur Baldursson and Steingrímur Guðmundsson.
Violin by Viktor Orri Árnason
Guitar by Stefán Már Magnússon
Piano by Davíð Þór Jónsson
Parabolas by Steintryggur
LAPB silhouette by Gabríel Patay & Linda Loeskow.
LAPB text by Haukur S. Magnússon
Saga written from lyrics by Atli Bollason.
Design by Paul McMenamin.
Photography by Stephan Stephensen.
Cover photograph of Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir
Mastered by Jörg Burger
Supported by City of Reykjavík. Reynir Berg Þorvaldsson (RRS)
Executive Producer Andri Sveinsson.
Published by Editon Radio Bongo/SMV