A Letter from Helga

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In a remote fjord in 1940s Iceland, young farmer Bjarni begins a passionate, forbidden affair with his neighbor, the aspiring poet Helga.

The two sheep farmers approach each other shyly through their shared affection for literature before emotions run as wild as the ocean waves that surround them. In a small community, secrets won't last long, and hard choices must be made. This lyrical Icelandic melodrama explores complex relationships and universal feelings of love, lust, loss, and regret against an awe-inspiring Icelandic backdrop. Based on the popular novel by Bergsveinn Birgisson and with an all-star Icelandic cast, the film also paints a bigger picture of fundamental changes in both gender roles and society.


Ása Hjörleifsdóttir (b. 1984) is an Icelandic writer and director, and a graduate of the Columbia Film MFA program. Her films include the short film Ástarsaga (2013 finalist for a Student Oscar) and the feature films The Swan (Toronto International Film Festival 2017) and A Letter from Helga (international premiere PÖFF 2022).

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