The Bountiful Land

The Bustarfell farm in the Nort-East of Iceland

KAM film had the priviledge of doing the color grading and on-line for director Ásdís Thoroddsen’s new documentary for Gjóla Films The Bountiful Land – Icelandic Food Traditions and Food History which had its cinema premiere in Bíó Paradís on October 17th 2019. 

Elín Methúsalemsdóttir

The documentary is about the Icelandic food tradition and the changes that have taken place. The story of Icelandic food is told with the help of late Elín Methúsalemsdóttir who as a child sat at the stone-hearth of her mother in an old turf farm, Bustarfell, where she later took over as the woman of the house herself. In the sixties she moved into a modern house beside the old one. Later her daughter, Björg, took her place at the stove and her grandson is preparing to become the next farmer.

Interestingly one of Konrad’s first film jobs in Iceland was on Ásdís’ 1996 theatrical feature Dream Hunters as an assistant to editor Valdís Óskarsdóttir who cut the film on the EMC2 platform.

This is the third time Konrad & KAM film have had the pleasure of working with Ásdís Thoroddsen but previously they worked on her documentary features Form and Function – Handicraft and  history of the Icelandic National Costume produced by Ásdís for Gjóla Films and We Are Still Here about the problems a small fishing community is facing produced by Hjálmtýr Heiðdal & Heather Millard for Seylan Film Productions.