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by Anní Ólafsdóttir and Andri Snær Magnason

Set in an unprecedented moment of global stillness, this film follows artists and thinkers in Iceland as they interpret a world gripped by the pandemic. Through dance, poetry, music, and visual art, they reflect on the possibilities for transformation that are held within this great pause.


Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer and filmmaker. His latest book, On Time and Water, is being published in thirty languages, and his work has been published or performed in more than forty countries. His numerous awards include the Green Earth Book Awards Honor Book and a Phillip K. Dick Special Citation for his sci-fi novel LoveStar. His feature-length films include Dreamland and The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole.


Anní Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic director, cinematographer, and editor. She has directed numerous short films and music videos. Her first feature-length documentary, The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole, was co-directed with Andri Snær Magnason.


Directed by Anní Ólafsdóttir & Andri Snær Magnason
Produced by Anní Ólafsdóttir, Andri Snær Magnason, Halldóra Jóhanna Þorláksdóttir & Eva Lind Höskuldsdóttir
Cinematography by Andri Haraldsson & Arnar Þór Þórsson
Edited by Eva Lind Höskuldsdóttir, Anní Ólafsdóttir & Sighvatur Ómar Kristinsson
Music by Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
Choreography by Unnur Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir

On Time and Water
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On Time and Water

An Interview with Andri Snær Magnason Open story

Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer and documentary filmmaker. In this interview, Andri discusses his book On Time and Water and our relationship to time in an age of ecological crisis. With Iceland having recently lost its first large glacier, the Ok glacier, Andri discusses the ways in which geological time is beginning to move at the speed of human time. In order to bring about a planetary paradigm shift, he says, we need new ways to see and imagine ourselves into the future.

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