Beautiful Beings

Tender and raw coming-of-age drama about four Icelandic boys on their sometimes violent path to adulthood. Awarded during the Berlin film festival.

Please note that this film is in Icelandic, with Dutch subtitles.
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Fourteen-year-old Balli is something of a misfit. He lives with his drug-addicted mother in a squalid house and is bullied by his classmates. A stepfather who ‘thought the gun wasn’t loaded’ has left him with a glass eye. But then Balli meets three boys of his own age – Addi, Konni and Siggi – and a friendship gently develops. For the first time in his life, Balli finds that he is able to connect, especially with Addi.

Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson finds poetic images for a world marked by violence and aggression. In BEAUTIFUL BEINGS, he depicts a group of youths who are in danger of foundering on the gender-normative behavioural code of their peer group. Desperately they cling to each other – with a grip that is painful and tender in equal measure. (source:

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Iceland, Denemark, Sweden, Netherlands, Czech Republic, 2022, 123 min. Icelandic spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Birgir Dagur Bjarkason, Áskell Einar Pálmason, Viktor Benóný Benediktsson, Snorri Rafn Frímannsson, Anita Briem.