White Whales
White Whales

White Whales

Director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Production year 1987

Length 80min.

Country Iceland


A whaleboat is making its final whaling tour of the season. It pursues and catches a whale, and then heads homeward. The men working on the boat have to find themselves different employment now that the season is over. Among the crew are two friends, Grímur and Bubbi. They are experienced seamen, the kind that never put down roots anywhere. As soon as Grímur arrives on land he heads directly for the capital to make a new start and immerses himself in the nightlife. With him is his faithful and rather troll-like companion, Bubbi. The film then mainly concerns itself with their efforts to make some kind of contact with what is going on in Reykjavik. Most of these attempts are pathetic: the two men are like fish on dry land. They get into all kinds of trouble, and are thrown out of one place after another. At the end of the film they break into a sports shop and arm themselves with rifles. As the police arrive and surround them, they have finally succeeded in making their presence in the world known. However, the events now are completely out of control.


Special Mention | Locarno IFF, Switzerland, 1987

Audience Prize of the Lübecker Nachrichten | Lübeck Nordic Film Days, Germany, 1987


Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson



Fridrik Thor Fridriksson


Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Einar Kárason

Director of Photography

Ari Kristinsson

Music by

Bubbi Morthens, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, The Sugarcubes


Thorbjørn Erlingsson, Þorvar Hafsteinsson


Tómas Gislason


Eggert Gudmundsson, Þórarin Þórarinsson

Production company(ies)

Icelandic Film

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