Do you know that I have a fan club? I am the leader, and.......may be the only member, or at least the only member so far. I am sure that as soon as you learn that the fan club excists, you´ll want to become a member as well.
The goal of my fan club is to be proud of my nephew Ágúst Ørn Børgeson Wigum, the son of my brother Børge. Ágúst Ørn, the reason why I travel to Iceland so often, well, at least one of the reasons. Ágúst´s sister Embla is another :-)
Àgúst loves acting. He has taken part in several television programs in Iceland, he has acted on The Iceland National Theatre, and he has taken part in several films/movies. The most recent movie is Whale Valley, which recieved a Special Mention at Cannes Short Film Festival in May, and recently won the Grand Prize for short film in the Les Percéides Film Festival in Canada .
Here is what Ariel Shaban says at dokufest.com:
Beautifully shot, even more beautifully acted, especially by the youngest actor, Whale Valley is a glimpse of the ethereal northern hemisphere world, desolate and silent. In the outer edges of a rocky shore by the ocean, fisherman family lives with two sons, softly spoken and with innocent faces, showing they still haven’t been touched by the roughness of living a fisherman’s life.
We see trouble coming closer as in the beginning of the film the older son attempts to hang himself, only to be found by his younger brother. In the remainder of the film we see clearly how difficult must be for the two boys to grow up in the great nothingness with almost non-existent and distant parents.
The imagery is haunting and beautiful, at one point showing a whole stranded whale, soon to be cut by the father and his friends.
In his sincere attempts to his brother to commit suicide, his younger brother will attempt something extreme, possibly endangering his own life. This, in the end, brings them even closer together.
Ágúst, Embla and Embla´s friend Salka spent some time with us this summer. They often slept late, and one day Ágúst was the first one up, around noon. I was sitting down in the diningroom when Ágúst looked down at me from the landing, and we had a long aunt-nephew chat. Most of it about the life of a young actor.
This autumn Ágúst is acting again in another play at the National Theatre. I know I have proclaimed that I will be there for every new play, but already with two travels to Iceland so far this year, I don´t know how to make it.
May be it is time to run my fan club seriously and get some sponsors!