Echo. 2019. Iceland/France/Switzerland. Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson. New York premiere. Courtesy Jour2Fete. In Icelandic; English subtitles. 79 min.
Winner of prizes at Locarno and Valladolid, Rúnarsson’s dark Icelandic comedy of yuletide celebrations is told in 56 vignettes, treating all manner of life and death—from the traditional holiday feast of rancid fermented shark to a haunting case of domestic violence—with a spry balance of sober reality and pure invention.