Against the Current

Director: Óskar Páll Sveinsson

Film Info

  • Year: 2020
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: Iceland
  • Runtime: 88 mins
  • Color
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Subtitles: English

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Against the Current is now in theaters and virtual cinemas. See full list below.

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How far do you have to travel to find yourself? And what sacrifices are you willing to make to get there? Veiga Grétarsdóttir is the first person in the world to attempt to kayak the 1,300 mile circumference of Iceland, counter-clockwise and against the current, an achievement that has been compared to climbing K2. Veiga’s personal journey is no less remarkable. She was born 44 years ago as a boy in a fishing village on the far west coast of Iceland. By the age of 38 Veigar had a wife and family but decided that she could no longer live as a man and decided to undergo gender reassignment. The inner struggle for Veigar to become Veiga was a journey as difficult if not more so than the solo kayak expedition she undertakes. These two stories of conflict and struggle are intertwined as the film follows her amazing 103 day journey around Iceland, with the magical, rugged coastline of the country a backdrop to the story of Veiga’s transition.


Against the Current is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo.

A press kit, stills, jpegs of the poster, social media assets, and Quicktime files of the trailer are available to download from our Exhibition DropBox

Óskar Páll Sveinsson

Born 1967 in Iceland, Oskar Pall Sveinsson studied music and production and worked in the music industry for 20 years both as a songwriter and producer. After a successful carrier, including two number one hit singles in the UK and a top ten in the USA he started taking filmmaking courses and soon started working full time in the film industry.

Oskar now runs his own production company Yoda Film in Reykjavik and is mainly focused on documentary making.

Filmography
2020 - Against The Current - Documentary (Director and Cinematographer)
2018 - Under The Surface - Documentary (Cinematographer and co-Producer)
2016 - Ransacked - Documentary (Cinematographer and co-Producer)

“Against the Current doesn’t waste time arguing about trans female athletes’ legitimacy. It just shows the life of one such woman and celebrates her accomplishments, with great pictorial style.” – Steve Erickson, Gay City News
“There’s a point in the film where Grétarsdóttir is centered on the screen. She talks about kayaking alongside Látrabjarg, the largest seabird cliff in Iceland and one of Europe's biggest. It is home to millions of birds (many of them puffins). The camera zooms out and the drone flies farther and farther out to sea. Grétarsdóttir becomes nothing but a tiny spec in the frame — and still we cannot see the top of the cliff. It’s a very powerful scene, even when viewed on a small screen. Like viewers of the best adventure documentaries, we are humbled by the majesty of nature.” – Jacob Anderson-Minshall, Out Traveler
“A gripping story... Veiga Grétarsdóttir faced some rough currents in her life journey. Her transition made her stronger, more at ease with herself, ready to overcome nature’s harshest challenges. She emerged not just as a transgender role model for those who have suffered through rejection and ostracism in their transition but also as an athlete worthy of our admiration. Her story should inspire all of us regardless of race, nationality, religion, or even gender. Against the Current shows that the possibilities are unlimited.” – Ray Lobo, Film Threat

Playdates

Venue City State Date
Scottsdale Film Festival Scottsdale AZ NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Sedona Film Festival Sedona AZ NOW PLAYING IN THEATER
The Loft Tucson AZ NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Lark Theater Larkspur CA NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles CA NOW PLAYING ON LAEMMLE'S VIRTUAL PLATFORM
Roxie Cinema San Francisco CA NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Rafael Film Center San Rafael CA NOW PLAYING
Sie Film Center Denver CO NOW PLAYING
Miracle Theater Washington DC NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Avalon Theater Washington DC NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
All Saints Cinema/Talahasee Film Society Talahasee FL NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
The Flicks Boise ID NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Music Box Theater Chicago IL NOW PLAYING
Gene Siskel Theater Chicago IL NOW PLAYING
Amherst Cinema Amherst MA NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Water's Edge Cinema Provincetown MA NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Cape Ann Cinema Rockport MA NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit MI NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Vickers Theater Three Oaks MI NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
MSP Film Society Minneapolis MN NOW PLAYING
Nelson Atkins Museum Kansas City MO NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Fine Arts Theaters Overland Park MO NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Sunrise Theater Southern Pines NC NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
A/perture Cinema Winston Salem NC NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Red River Theaters Concord NH NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Hopkins Center for the Arts Dartmouth NH NOW PLAYING
Cinema Arts Center Huntington NY NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville NY NOW PLAYING
Darkside Cinema Corvallis OR NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
ArtsQuest Center at Steelstack Bethlehem PA NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Jane Pickens Theater Newport RI NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Acoustic Java Providence RI NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Houston TX NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Salt Lake Film Society Salt Lake City UT NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Vermont International Film Festival Burlington VT NOW PLAYING
Magic Lantern Cinema Spokane WA NOW PLAYING IN THEATER
Kiggins Theater Vancouver WA NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Hamptons Doc Fest East Hampton NY NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
South Bay Film Society Torrance CA NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Railroad Square Cinema (Maine Film Center) Waterville ME NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
State Theater Traverse City MI NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Bozeman Film Society Bozeman MT NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Grail Moviehouse Asheville NC NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
Downing Film Center Newburgh NY NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Acme Screening Room Lambertville NJ NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Park City Film Society Park City UT NOW PLAYING @Home Arts
TCAN Cinema Natick MA NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Cinematique Daytona Beach Daytona Beach FL NOW PLAYING IN THEATER AND VIRTUALLY
Naro Cinema Norfolk VA NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Salem Cinema Salem OR NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Film Society of Summit Summit NJ NOW PLAYING ON KINO MARQUEE
Vancity Theater (Vancouver International FF) Vancouver BC OPENS VIRTUALLY ON JULY 30
Sayre Historical Society Sayre PA IN THEATER AUG 5 & 7
Civic Theater Allentown PA IN THEATER AUGUST 20
Crandell Theater Chatham NY IN THEATER AUG 20 & 21