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And Breathe Normally

Ísold Uggadóttir
Andið eðlilega
Iceland 2018 / 102’

Lára, a single mother, is barely able to support herself and her young son, but she has no intention of asking anyone for help. Her only chance to improve their lives is if she can get a permanent job with the border guard. Trying to prove before herself to her superiors, she helps detain a man-Adji-trying to cross the border illegally on a false passport. She doesn't realize then that their paths are going to cross again many times. In her debut film, Ísold Uggadóttir discusses problems that she is very familiar with: as a volunteer with the Icelandic Red Cross, she helped refugees personally. Adopting the perspective of people the rest of society would prefer not to notice, and with the help of Polish cinematographer Ita Zbroniec-Zajt, she examines, with no illusions, the rusty mechanisms of Icelandic bureaucracy, where people rarely come first and where the answer to every difficult question remains unchanged: That's the way the system is.

Marta Bałaga


Sundance FF 2018 – Directing Award; Göteborg FF 2018 – FIPRESCI Award

Ísold Uggadóttir

Ísold Uggadóttir is a director and screenwriter from Iceland. She studied at Columbia University, where she received an Adrienne Shelly Award in 2011 for Best Director for Revolution Reykjavík. A three-time winner of an Edda Award for Best Short Film,for Clean and for Committed. Her full-length debut, And Breathe Normally, was an award winner for best direction at the Sundance Festival. The film's European premiere took place in Gothenburg, where it received a FIPRESCI Critics' Award.


2006 Family Reunion (short)

2009 Day in Life (short)

2010 Clean (short)

2011 Revolution Reykjavík (short)

2018 I oddychaj normalnie / And Breathe Normally

Cast & Crew

director Ísold Uggadóttir
screenplay Ísold Uggadóttir
cinematography Ita Zbroniec-Zaj
editing Frédérique Broos
music Gísli Galdur
cast Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson, Gunnar Jónsson
producer Skúli Malmquist
production Zik Zak Filmworks, Entre Chien et Loup, Cinetic Films, Pegasus Pictures, Skot Productions
sales Match Factory
language Icelandic, English, Creole
colouration colour