Gnarr by Gaukur Ulfarsson/Iceland, Article by Sharon Abella

April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Follow Jon Gnarr, the Ricky Gervais/David Brent of Iceland, on his satirical political campaign trail through Reykjavik during the financial banking crisis and global economic downturn, as he tries to make people feel good about themselves in a time when Iceland desperately needs some positive affirmations and comic relief.  Will you be able to take this unconventional mayoral candidate for “The Best Party” who believes that “politics is a big joke and good comedy”,  that there should be “more time for punk and less politics”, and that “life is totally pointless”, seriously?  As Gnarr attempts to win over voters by promising a polar bear at the local zoo,  an Icelandic Disneyworld, where the unemployed can get their photo taken with Mickey Mouse, and free towels at all swimming pools,  he reminds its citizens that “everything good in Iceland came from other parts of the world”,  and that “there are 2 types of people in the country, the one’s who know and the one’s who don’t know the difference between hail and sleet”.   As press, citizens, and opponents don’t know whether or not to take him seriously as he never addresses any real issues, Gnarr and his “Best Party” continue to run until the end.   Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Al Franken and Gnarr? Will he win? Would you vote for this personable actor/comedian, with no experience in politics?

Tribeca Film Festival Screenings open to the public:

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 8:30pm Clearview Chelsea Cinema 4

Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 9:30pm Clearview Chelsea Cinema 6


Monday, April 25, 2011 at 4:00pm AMC Loews Village 7, Theater 2

Article by Sharon Abella

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