Ástríður - Season 1 (DVD)
Ástríður - Season 1 - English subtitles
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Ástríður tells the story of a young woman at a crossroads in her life. After finishing business university in Denmark she leaves her boyfriend, family and friends behind to move to Iceland, where she is originally from, to carve out a new life and career. Before long she finds herself in the midst of hilarious office drama and romance. Ástríður was extremely well received when it aired in Iceland in 2009 and reviewed as being both relatable and funny. A second series is currently in development.
The series is set in the spring of 2008, before the economic meltdown, when problems at the office had more to do with the strenght of the coffee rather than the toxicity of subprime mortgages.
Ástríður, a woman in her early thirties has just moved back to Iceland from Denmark where she had lived and studied for most of her twenties. She leaves behind her artist mother and a boyfriend of many years, perhaps more importantly she also leaves behind a way of life tainted by her mother's liberal upbringing and her free spirited boyfriend, determined to carve out a new life and career path in the world of business.
A recent graduate from business university, Ástríður starts a new job at a large firm in the finance sector and tries to find her footing. It doesn't start well, her floral outfit, big necklace, embroidered bag and big mouth show just how out of touch she is with "finance fashion and etiquette". Luckily she finds a friend in her uncle who works at the same firm who tries to help her in between his own hilarous mid-life crisis induced problems.
It doesn't take long before Ástríður finds herself falling for a co-worker who happens to be in a relationship with a rival employee who feels threatened by the arrival of another beautiful career minded woman at the office. The ensuing turn of events is both dramatic and romantic but always funny.
Ástríður was well received and garnered rave reviews when it aired in late 2009 and a second series is currently in development.
Sigurjón Kjartansson: Iceland's most prolific and popular writer for TV. Sigurjón has had a major writing credit for the majority of Icelandic TV series produced in the last few years, including The Court, The Press and Black Angels, all produced by Sagafilm.
Silja Hauksdóttir: The director of the series and co-author and screenwriter of the award winning feature film DÍS.
Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir: One of Icelands most beloved actresses and the leading lady of Ástríður.
Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir: A renowned actress both on and off the stage with various writing credits under her belt.
Silja is a respected director in Iceland. Her directorial debut was a feature film called DÍS which she also co-wrote. DÍS was awarded Best Picture at the Nordic Film Awards in 2004. Silja has, since then, directed the sketch show "The Girls", a number of TV adverts and a documentary which followed the trials and tribulations of a women only choir. She is currently working on the second season of Ástríður.
The production team behind Ástríður is the most prolific and awarded in the Icelandic Film and TV industry having delivered work such as the feature films Cold Trail and Mr. Bjarnfredarson as well as a string of the most successful TV series in Iceland like The Night, Day and Prison Shift series, Court, Black Angels, Press, The Girls and Pig Soup.
Executive Producer: Kjartan Thor Thorðarson
Producer: Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson
Line Producer: Harpa Elisa Thorsdottir
Status: Released 2009
Produced by: Sagafilm
Running time: 12 x 24 mins
Region 2 dvd