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Joe Penna
Iceland 2018 / 97’
And Breathe Normally DRIB

In his debut survival drama, Joe Penna looks at a man desperately struggling to survive in the middle of an Arctic wasteland. Although he manages to work out a safe routine after many weeks, an unexpected event forces Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen) to leave the shelter he had built out of his wrecked plane and to embark on a journey that guarantees nothing but bitter cold. Presented at the Cannes Festival, Arctic is impressive in its understatement. Penna is uninterested in having too many attractions: he focuses on the overwhelming silence, which is interrupted only by the sound of a watch counting off the endless days-and the tired face of Mads Mikkelsen, which is much more expressive than words, which no one would be able to hear anyway.

Marta Bałaga

Joe Penna

Joe Penna is a director and screenwriter of Brazilian descent who makes his permanent home in Los Angeles. His YouTube channel, MysteryGuitarMan, has gained enormous popularity and has almost 3 million subscribers. Penna has directed commercials for companies such as Coca-Cola, Disney and Ford, and his short film, Instant Getaway, was produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen, which premiered at the Cannes Festival, is his full-length debut.


2012 Meridian (short)

2014 Instant Getaway (short)

2015 Turning Point (short)

2018 Arktyka / Arctic

Cast & Crew

director Joe Penna
screenplay Joe Penna, Ryan Morrison
cinematography Tómas Örn Tómasson
editing Ryan Morrison
music Joseph Trapanese
cast Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir
producer Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros, Noah C. Hauessner
production Armory Films, Pegasus Pictures, Black Canopy Films, Union Entertainment Group 
sales Akson
language English
colouration colour