Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 at Leytonstone Library
"Hirata finds himself canceling his vacation plans to Hawaii when his grandfather reminds him of his duty to his parents. Seven years earlier, Hirata's parents had been killed in an accident in Iceland and Japanese tradition holds that their souls will not be at ease until the proper ceremonies have been performed.
Thus, Hirata sets out on a journey, a quest to the river where his parents perished. Along the way, in this Icelandic-Japanese road movie, he encounters many difficulties, tough situations, and odd people in the land of fire and ice." – imdb.com *
"Far from being a random sequence of oddball occurrences, "Cold Fever," under its jokey surface, has a steady allegorical resonance. Mr. Fridriksson, the film's director, is best known in this country for his 1991 movie "Children of Nature," which won an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.
If the mood here isn't so solemn, the symbolism runs in the same direction. With its crazy hitchhikers, tipsy singing cowboys and an itinerant funeral groupie, "Cold Fever" has the superficial charm of a lighthearted American road movie." – The New York Times *