You'll never see politics the same! Following his country's economic meltdown, in 2009 acerbic Icelandic comedian Jon Gnarr launches his own political party, The Best Party. His platform? Build a Disneyland, put more polar bears in the zoo, economize by hiring only one Santa during the holidays, and oust from the government anyone who hasn't seen The Wire. It starts out as a joke, but when support for Gnarr's wacky mayoral bid surprisingly snowballs, a group of rebels and punk rockers quickly captures the imagination of a nation desperate for a release from the corruption that nearly brought on its collapse.
An outspoken outsider artist himself, first-time director Gaukur Úlfarsson strikes just the right balance of raucous energy and candid behind-the-scenes campaign coverage to capture both the zany humor and earnest appetite for change at the heart of Gnarr, his fellow Best Party members, and the country they love. Crisp cinematography and invigorating music (including Björk's early band The Sugarcubes, with whom Gnarr once toured) add to the unlikely atmosphere of hope Gnarr's frankness creates. Imagine if the kids who hung around outside CBGB in the late '70s were suddenly entrusted to run New York. Sounds impossible…?
Length: 96 minutes
Primary Cast: Jón Gnarr, Heiða Helgadóttir, Óttar Proppé, Einar Örn Benediktsson, Thorsteinn Guðmudsson
Director: Gaukur Úlfarsson
Producer: Sigvaldi J. Kárason, Björn Ófeigsson
Editor: Sigvaldi J. Kárason
Director of Photography: Björn Ófeigsson
GAUKUR ÚLFARSSON has established himself as one of Iceland's most dangerous and outspoken directors over the last decade. He started his career in advertising, music videos, and TV. He wrote and directed the alter ego talk show Silvia Night, which has been described as Iceland's biggest art piece over the last decade.