Angels of the Universe
Angels of the Universe

Angels of the Universe

Director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Production year 2000

Length 97min.

Country Iceland/Germany/Norway/Sweden/Denmark


Angels of the Universe portrays the life of Paul, who suffers from schizophrenia, and how people react to his illness. At first we see him with his family, childhood friends and the girl that he loves, and then we follow him into the psychiatric hospital. There we meet his colourful companions Óli Beatle, who believes he has written all the Beatles’ songs and sent them to the group as telepathic messages; the sophisticated and erudite Viktor, who sometimes suddenly turns into Hitler; and Peter, Paul’s room-mate, who thinks he wrote a doctorate about Schiller at a Chinese university.


Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Music, Best Sound | Edda Awards, Iceland, 2000

Audience Award Best Actor | European Film Awards, , 2000

Film and Literature Award | Film by the Sea IFF, Netherlands, 2000

Special Mention, FIPRESCI Prize | Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic, 2000

World Prism Award | Santa Barbara IFF, USA, 2001

Silver Dolphin, Best Actorm OCIC Award - Special Mention | Festróia - Tróia IFF, Portugal, 2001


Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson



Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Alexander Bohr, Anna María Karlsdóttir


Einar Már Guðmundsson

Director of Photography

Harald Paalgard

Production designer

Jon Steinar Ragnarsson

Music by

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson


Kjartan Kjartansson


Skule Erikson, Sigvaldi J. Kárason


Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Hilmir Snær Guðnason

Production company(ies)

Icelandic Film, Filmhuset Norway, Peter Rommel Film Production, ZDF/ARTE ORB,SVT Sweden, Zentropa Productions

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Born 1953, Reykjavik. Film director/producer Fridriksson started his filmmaking career with experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. He founded The Icelandic Film Corporation in 1990. It has since become Iceland's most important production company. The company produces his films and works with other Icelandic directors and producers. His international reputation led the company to build a network of internationally well-established co-production partner companies, including Lars von Trier's Zentropa and most recently, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope. He has worked with two of Iceland's most acclaimed novelists and script-writers: Einar Már Guðmundsson (Children of Nature, Angels of the Universe, Movie Days) and Einar Kárason (White Whales, Devils Island, Falcons).


Nomina Sunt Odiosa (1975); The Saga of Burnt Njal (1980); The Blacksmith (1981)’ Rock in Rejkjavik (1982); Icelandic Cowboys (1984); The Ring Road (1985); White Whales (1987); Sky Without Limit (1989) (TV); Pretty Angels (1990); Children of Nature (1991); Movie Days (1994); Cold Fever (1995); Devil’s Island (1996); Angels of the Universe (2000); On Top Down under (2000, TV); Falcons (2002); Niceland (Population. 1.000.002) (2004); The Sunshine Boy (2009, doc.); Mamma Gógó (2010)

FILMS 2010