How much unspoiled nature should we preserve and what do we sacrifice for clean, renewable energy? Dreamland gradually turns into a disturbing picture of corporate power taking over small communities.

Dreamland is a film about a nation standing at cross-roads. Leading up to the country’s greatest economic crisis, the government started the largest mega project in the history of Iceland, to build the biggest dam in Europe to provide Alcoa cheap electricity for an aluminum smelter in the rugged east fjords of Iceland. Today Iceland is left holding a huge dept and an uncertain future.

In Dreamland a nation with abundance of choices gradually becomes caught up in a plan to turn its wilderness and beautiful nature into a massive system of hydro-electric and geothermal power plants with dams and reservoirs. Clean energy brings in polluting industry and international corporations. It’s the dark side of green energy.

RUNNING TIME:89 minutes
55 min TV version available
FORMATS:35mm, HDCAM, DigiBeta
DIRECTORS:Þorfinnur Guðnason
Andri Snær Magnason
PRODUCER:Sigurður Gísli Pálmason
CO-PRODUCERS:Hanna Björk Valsdóttir
Hrönn Kristinsdóttir
Þórir Snær Sigurjónsson
Hlín Jóhannesdóttir
BASED ON A BOOK BY:Andri Snær Magnason
CINEMATOGRAPHY:Þorfinnur Guðnason
Guðmundur Bjartmarsson
Hjalti Stefánsson
Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
EDITOR:Eva Lind Höskuldsdóttir
SOUND DESIGN:Kjartan Kjartansson
Björn Viktorsson
Huldar Freyr Arnarsson
MUSIC:Valgeir Sigurðsson
GRAPHICS:Sírnir Einarsson
COLOR GRADING:Steinþór Birgisson
ONLINE EDITING:Steinþór Birgisson
Elísabet Thoroddsen
POST-PRODUCTION:The Engine Room Reykjavík / Nordisk Film Oslo
GENRE:Feature length documentary
LANGUAGE:Icelandic, English subtitles
AUDIO:Dolby digital
PRODUCTION FORMAT:35mm, 16mm, 8mm, HD, DV
PREMIERE DATE:Iceland, April 2009
INTERNATIONAL PREMIER:IDFA, Amsterdam 2009, Feature-length Competition
COPYRIGHT:Ground Control Productions, 2009