The Deposit | © Nordlichter Film
© Nordlichter Film

The Deposit

    All titles (3)
    Feature Film | 2017-2018 | Drama, Politics | Iceland

    Project data

    Budget1 M€
    Length of movie89 Min.
    Picture formatTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)


    Brief synopsis

    When Gisella becomes bankrupt, all she is left with is her lavish Reykjavik house that she inherited from her grandmother. Desperate for cash, she decides to let out two spare bedrooms in her home. Zulola, a Muslim woman from Uzbekistan who came to Iceland after being shunned by her family moves in. Abeba, an illegal immigrant from Eritrea, and her six-year- old daughter Luna take the second room.

    Gisella sets the new tenants strict house rules and demands a deposit of three months rent up front, which the desperate women reluctantly agree to. An arrangement that begins well, soon develops into
    Gisella’s worst nightmare, as she becomes increasingly threatened by the foreign influences that the women bring into her traditional home.

    Gisella’s paranoia and control issues lead her to loose her sanity and her morals as she struggles to hold onto her house.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Elma Lísa GunnarsdóttirGisela [L]
    Enid MbabaziAbeba [L]
    Raffaella Brizuela SigurdardottirMaria [L]
    Claire KristinsdóttirLuna [SR]


    Director of photographyAsgrimur Gudbjartsson
    DirectorAsthildur Kjartansdottir
    1st AD (local system)Fahad Falur Jabali
    EditorAndri Steinn Gudjonsson
    ProducerEva Sigurdardottir
    ProducerAsthildur Kjartansdottir
    Production designerStígur Steinthórsson
    ScreenwriterAsthildur Kjartansdottir
    Literary sourceAudur JonsdottirBook 'Tryggðarpantur'

    Production companies

    Askja Films [is]
    Rebella Filmworks [is]

    Distributing companies

    Sean Film [is]Island
    Nordlichter Film - Neues skandinavisches Kino [de]Germany (Theatrical) 2020


    Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 06/08/2020
    Theatre releaseIcelandFriday, 01/02/2019
    PremiereThursday, 31/01/2019Göteborg Film Festival [se]