Iceland Is Best


Max Newsom




Judd Nelson, Kristin Sophusdottir

About the project

Written and directed by Newsom, ‚Iceland Is Best,‘ stars Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Kristin Sophusdottir, Tom Maden (13 Reasons Why), Atli Óskar Fjalarsson (Jitters), Alfrun Laufeyjardottir (Case), Mikael Kaaber (Metalhead), and Helena Mattsson (Seven Psychopaths).

ICELAND IS BEST tells the story of Sigga, a 17 year-old girl trying to leave home in Iceland, and make her way to California.


The music was performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded in the pristine Air Edel Studio. To capture the more intimate vibes of the music a string quartet was recorded directly to analog tape.

During the scoring process Walter had the pleasure of working with the fantastic Icelandic artist & singer Jófríður Ákadóttir and the Swedish popstar Frida Sundemo. Veronika Hanl is the featured solo clarinettist. She also created the beautiful and haunting woodwind textures that captured the Icelandic landscape so beautifully.

Some impressions


Watch or Pass

„As the tagline of this film says, sometimes it is the journey that is important and Iceland is Best is definitely a fun journey. Iceland is Best has a quirky cast of characters, a dry comedic style, and plenty of dreamers in this voyage of discovery and self realization.“

the full review

Washington Post

„Beautifully shot English-language drama about an Icelandic teenager (Kristin Audur Sophusdottir) from a remote fishing village who dreams of moving to California to write poetry.“

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