ERÖFFNUNGSFILM: LAND HO!

USA/Island 2014; R: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens; D: Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson; 95min, DCP, OV
Deutschland-Premiere

Land Ho

Enttäuscht von seinem Leben nach der Pensionierung, bringt Mitch, ein ehemaliger Chirurg, den zurückhaltenden Colin, seinen Ex-Schwager, dazu, mit ihm Ferien in Island zu verbringen. Die beiden streifen durch Reykjaviks Eisbars, trendige Spas und abenteuerliche Restaurants auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Jugend. Doch die weiten und eindringlichen Landschaften Islands lassen sie bald entdecken, dass man nicht vor sich selbst davonlaufen kann – egal, wie weit man davonreist.

You are invited to join two retirees as they fly from their homes in the US for a holiday driving around Iceland in a rented SUV. Mitch is a grizzled former Marine with a taste for loud Hawaiian shirts and a propensity for garrulous sexism. His former brother-in-law Colin is a sad-sack Australian, financially ruined and emotionally distraught after the failure of his last marriage. But as these unlikely travelling companions roam the Icelandic landscape, reflecting poignantly on their lives while still managing to cause some good-natured havoc on the way, co-directors Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz’s delicate and heart-warming comedy soon beguiles us. With wonderfully nuanced performances by Nelson and Eenhoorn, this is a funny, bittersweet portrait of the frustrations and consolations of ageing, underpinned by a boyish sense of mischief. (LFF)