Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)
Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)

Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)

Director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Production year 2004

Length 85min.

Country Denmark/Germany/Iceland/UK


Jed and Chloe are in their early twenties, in love, and mentally handicapped. When Jed accidentally causes the death of Chloe's cat, which she loves almost as much as Jed, Chloe retreats into silence and loses her will to live. Convinced that there must be something else in life to give it a meaning, and help revive Chloe's spirit, Jed sets out in its search. Led to believe that a scrap metal dealer, Max, knows the precious answer, Jed cautiously enters the world of this eccentric solitary man. Yet in spite of the friendship that develops between them, Max remains tight-lipped – even after Chloe falls into a coma and Jed begs him to tell the secret. All that Max reveals is the tragedy that haunts him and pushes him toward self-destruction. In a moment of epiphany, Jed realizes that he, he himself, knows what he's been looking for. Whispering the magic words to Max, Jed saves him from a greater tragedy. Now he must hurry to tell Chloe. But when he arrives at the hospital, her bed is empty...


Screenplay of the Year | Edda Awards, Iceland, 2004


Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson



Skuli Fr. Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson


Huldar Breiðfjörð

Director of Photography

Morten Søborg

Production designer

Árni Páll Jóhannsson

Music by



Kjartan Kjartansson


Sigvaldi J. Kárason, Anders Refn


Gary Lewis, Martin Compston

Production company(ies)

Zik Zak

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