|PRODUCER||Steindór Gunnar Steindórsson|
|DOP||Steindór Gunnar Steindórsson|
|SOUND||Óli Valur Þrastarson, Medialux|
|MUSIC||Sveinbjörn Bjarki Jónsson|
|CO-PRODUCER||Steindór Gunnar Steindórsson, Nanna Rún Ásgeirsdóttir, Brynhildur Birgisdóttir|
|CAST||Kjartan Magnússon, R. Jóna Þorgeirsdóttir, Kristinn Karl Bjarnason|
The documentary The Palace captures the unique atmosphere and the magic of the everyday at the Reykjavik Swimming Pool. The documentary follows the routine of the pool, its staff and its customers over the course of two seasons, highlighting the timelessness that reigns inside the buiding. For the regulars, the Palace is a sanctuary where they meet to discuss politics, set the world to rights, and of course to swim. The average age of the clientele is high and as a result attendance is rapidly declining. The film’s main character is Kjartan, an 84 year old man who lives across the road from the pool and shows up every every morning at 6am to swim and meet his friends. Like many other regulars, Kjartan says that the swimming and the companionship he finds at the Palace gets him out of bed in the morning. In the words of one of the regulars, it is no fun talking to yourself. And though things change outside the thick concrete walls of the Palace, seasons come and go, the country’s economoy collapes, everyting remain reassuringly the same.
Hedinn Halldorsson worked for years as a reporter/correspondent for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. The Palace is Hedinn’s first full length documentary, although he has produced videos and short films in past years for UNICEf, IFRC and ICEIDA. Hedinn currently works as a video journalist/emergency communication manager with Save the Children International, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nominated as Best Documentary by the Icelandic Film and TV Academy in 2011. Premiered at Reykjavik International Film Festival in 2010. Screened at Lubeck International Film Days in 2011.