Against the Current

Director: Óskar Páll Sveinsson

Film Info

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Against the Current will be coming to theaters and virtual cinemas this June.

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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 over 2,000 kilometers around Iceland, counter-clockwise and “against the current.” This achievement has been said to be comparable to climbing the mountain 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. Veigar had a wife and family but decided that she could no longer live as a man, and at the age of 38, 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 and Quicktime files of the trailer will eventually be 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.

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