DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Keep Frozen

Keep Frozen

“Keep Frozen” read the boxes that are hauled out of huge trawlers, loaded on pallets and packaged for further transport by dockworkers in Reykjavík. And that’s the rub: they must be fast, super-fast, because the freight must remain frozen so we can fish it out of supermarket freezers for as little money as possible. This is also the reason why the men’s working conditions get crazier and crazier: the times allotted for unloading a ship are getting shorter and shorter, the boxes they move in double shifts, often in temperatures of minus 35° degrees, are getting heavier and heavier (most of them above the permitted 25 kilos). The job is tough, monotonous and very dangerous. Loads frequently fall from the ropes; workers lose limbs or their life. But with a lot of self-mockery the men see themselves as “real men” and work with the precision of a well-rehearsed choreography.

Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir who used to work on the docks as a child takes this up and expands the classical narration of the beauty and hardship of work by a forklift ballet. The film is part of a long-term large-scale art project in whose creation the workers were involved (and brought to Leipzig, too). Next time we reach into the freezer we’ll think of them.

Grit Lemke

Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award
Original Title: Keep Frozen
Country: Iceland
Year: 2016
Language: Icelandic, Polish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 67 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir
Producer: Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir
Cinematographer: Dennis Helm
Editor: Kristján Lodmfjörd
Music: Joseph Marzolla, Prins Póló
Sound: Huldar Freyr Arnarson
Script: Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir, Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir, Hinrik Þór Svavarsson

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