Screened as part of NZIFF 2003

Nói Albinói 2003

Nói the Albino

Directed by Dagur Kári

Denmark / Germany / Iceland / UK In Icelandic with English subtitles
93 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay


Rasmus Videbaek


Daniel Dencik




Tómas Lemarquis
Pröstur Leó Gunnarsson
Elín Hansdóttir


Rotterdam, Sydney 2003


Striding through the snow the eponymous teenage troublemaker of Dagur Kári’s enigmatic début cuts a striking figure and provides a stunning introduction for newcomer Tómas Lemarquis. Nói, lanky, pallid and bald rather than truly albino, lives in a frigid and remote fjord in Northern Iceland with his grandmother. His father is a downtrodden alcoholic; his mother is simply absent. Feeling like the only intelligent life in town, he sends a tape recorder to take his place in class, and spends his days reading in his basement lair. A new city girl working at the gas station diner arouses his interest and images of the winterless South Pacific stoke his utopian vision, but such freedom could come at a cost… 

“Icelandic cinema digs out a major new talent with Nói Albinói, the feature début of award-winning short filmmaker Dagur Kári. [This] portrait of a gifted teen rebelling against life’s limits in a frozen coastal village communicates directly through an inspired mix of realism, humor and metaphor.” — Deborah Young, Variety