King's Road

by Valdis Oskarsdottir

Junior returns home after some years abroad and hopes to sort out his problems but finds his family in an Iceland that's gone bankrupt and dysfunctional.

This isn't the Iceland of geysers or midnight sun that Junior has returned to, nor is "Junior" a child. He's a tall, awkward young man with a sweet but sometimes exasperatingly passive disposition. And he's come home to Iceland with his fidgety, restless, impatient friend Rupert. They've come loaded with issues – and they've landed in King's Road, a tacky, run-down trailer park somewhere in barren, wind-swept Iceland. With the country in an unparalleled financial mess, money is on just about everyone's mind. Junior, who lives in Germany, hopes that his dad – called "Senior" – can help him out with some cash. He needs it to pay the debts that Rupert has incurred for a show they put on, which flopped, and for drugs and various other necessities of life. But Senior has no money for Junior, and not much interest in him either. He's too desperate just trying to stay afloat and avoid being pulled down by his mother, who carries a stuffed seal around with her like a pet, and his blonde girlfriend, who depends on Senior for practically everything. The harried Senior hardly notices the other human wrecks populating the trailer park: the park's terminally ill-tempered administrator; a slacker musician who's nowhere ready to become a father to his girlfriend's unborn child; two very different middle-aged twins whose glamorous actress mother abandoned them years ago and comes back to see them in a brief cameo appearance… And in the midst of all this colorful humanity, Junior, who finally reaches out to his father and learns that life – just like King's Road – isn't a dead-end street.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / Icelandic / 90 minutes
Original title
King's Road
directed by
Valdis Oskarsdottir
produced by
Mystery Island and AVE in coproduction with Kukl and Vesturport
  • Gísli Örn Garðarsson, (PRINCE OF PERISA)
  • Ingvar E. Sigurðsson
  • Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir
  • Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
  • Kristbjörg Kjeld

Press Quotes

“Danish filmmaker Valdis Oskarsdottir, who won the 2004 best editing prize at the BAFTA film awards for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," has created a winning concoction for her second feature, "King's Road". Set in a bedraggled trailer park in rural Iceland, populated by a bunch of goofballs, eccentrics and sad sacks, the film could be taken as a penetrating satire of all that went wrong in that country's financial meltdown as much as a genially whacky little romp. With Germany's Daniel Bruhl adding international star power coupled with Oskarsdottir's reputation, this affectionate and amusing picture could generate considerable interest at home and abroad…The writer-director manages to make all the characters stand out, thanks to a smart screenplay, appealing performances and accomplished editing while the band Lay Low sings jaunty numbers on the soundtrack.”

"Director Valdis Óskarsdóttir shows us the lives of the poor and the outcasts. She does this with refreshing humor which, in spite of the off-the-wall wit, never covers up the seriousness of the story. It was greeted with thunderous applause at Locarno's Piazza Grande."

"The story about the oddballs in their microcosm is amusing and original and yet not over-the-top quirky… the film makes an impact through witty dialogues and exquisite characters … A must for fans of dark comedies"