Half Elf


2020 / 64 minutes

Directed by
Jón Bjarki Magnússon
Country of production

A lighthouse keeper prepares his earthly funeral while trying to reconnect the elf within. Hulda and Trausti have shared a roof on Icelandic shores for over seventy years. Her love of books is matched by his love of stones. When he bursts out singing, she begs him to stop screaming; when he tells her he wants to change his name to "Elf" she warns him that his family will abandon him. Now, as his hundredth birthday nears and Trausti senses the hand of death upon him, he is on a quest to find the coffin that can carry this elf back to the mysteries beyond. Half Elf is a modern Icelandic fairy-tale, where life is celebrated - despite everything, despite ourselves, and despite the reality that awaits all of us in the end.

In the 2021 RAI Film Fest Main Competition