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Lucas (Elliot Crosset Hove), an idealistic but naive young Lutheran clergyman, is on his way to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and photograph its people. With the help of a translator (Hilmar Guðjónsson) and guide (Ingvar E. Sigurðsson), he must journey across the spectacular and dangerous terrain, littered with glaciers and rivers. But the deeper he goes into the unforgiving landscape, the more he strays from his purpose, the mission and morality, with unexpected and shocking repercussions.
Recalling such landmark films as Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God and P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, Pálmason captures the unwelcome priest's perilous journey in haunting detail and artistry, with evocative cinematography from Maria von Hausswolff that mirrors his characters’ obsession to document a strange new environment, and where worlds, ideas and language collide with enthralling impact.