Cold Fever
Cold Fever

Cold Fever

Director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Production year 1995

Length 87min.

Country USA /Japan/Iceland/Denmark/Germany


Atsushi Hirata, a young Tokyo executive, is looking forward to his annual holiday – playing golf in Hawaii. His plans change suddenly when his grandfather convinces him that he should perform a memorial service for Atsushi's parents at the spot where they died: a remote river in Iceland. Cold Fever is a story of golf and ghosts; an old Citroen and exploding icebergs; funerals and boiled sheep heads; men's choirs and Icelandic country & western bands; a potent liquor called Black Death and auras; but most of all it is the story of how one young man goes on a very difficult journey to find out something important about himself.


Channel 4 Award- best dirsctor | Edinburgh FF, UK, 1995

Best film | Rimini FF, Italy, 1995


Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson



Jim Stark


Jim Stark, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Director of Photography

Ari Kristinsson

Production designer

Árni Páll Jóhannsson

Music by

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson


Kjartan Kjartansson


Steingrímur Karlsson


Fisher Stevens, Gísli Halldórsson, Lili Taylor, Masatoshi Nagase

Production company(ies)

Icicle Altar Productions Film Fonds, Icelandic Film, Pandora Filmproduktion, Sunrise, Zentropa Entertainments

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)

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