The County (Héraðið)

Dir: Grímur Hákonarson

Iceland / Denmark / France / Germany


92 mins



Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason

A woman takes on the corruption of her local co-op and the outdated, exploitative system that supports it in this rousing, crowd-pleasing drama, the latest from acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson (Rams).

Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir), a middle-aged dairy farmer who courageously rebels against the corrupt, all-powerful local Cooperative. Trying to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op, she encounters great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence on and loyalty to it; and must use all her resourcefulness and cunning to break free of its grasp.

Driven by Egilsdóttir’s gritty and moving performance (and featuring a fine turn from Rams star Sigurður Sigurjónsson as the Co-op’s sleazy director), Hákonarson explores Iceland’s deeply rooted rural culture, brilliantly depicting how the harsh conditions of life for Icelanders in these regions tend to engender a resistance to change within their ranks – even as the status quo threatens their own well-being.

Booking Information


Curzon Film

020 7438 9525


Release Date

22 May 2020

Blu-ray / DVD Bookings


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