Icelandic/Danish Film on London Film Festival


Bold, often hallucinatory black and white cinematography, carefully constructed other-worldly soundscapes and a cast of well drawn oddballs inhabiting an engaging slacker universe are some of the many idiosyncratic charms of Dagur Kári's innovative second feature Dark Horse. Kári's relaxed episodic story, like his previous Nói Albinói (which screened in the Festival in 2003) focuses on a young man slightly at odds with the world around him. Daniel (Jakob Cedergren), a Copenhagen based occasional graffiti artist, has relied on his indolent charms to see him through years of life outside of the system. When he meets a girl and falls in love, he finds his anarchic attitude toward responsibility might not be what she's really looking for. Rarely seen without his headphones, and often lost in his own musical world (as in Nói Albinói, Kári's own band slowblow contribute the soundtrack), Daniel embarks on a personal odyssey affecting and affected by those he encounters on the way. Kári intriguingly claims that his aim was to create a film which looked like Kieslowski directing an episode of Seinfeld. As a French-born Icelander, Kári can certainly claim an outsider's perspective, and as such is well-placed to probe the downbeat comedy inherent in Daniel's world.

Sarah Lutton

Directed by

Dagur Kari

Written by

Dagur Kari, Rune Schjøtt


Jakob Cedergren, Nicolas Bro, Tilly Scott Pedersen



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