Rotterdam Films

Rijneke & van Leeuwaarden

A Letter from Helga (Svar við bréfi Helgu)

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir




In an isolated community in Iceland, among wondrously beautiful mountains, valleys, and rocky shores, passionate and forbidden love is pitted against fidelity, inheritance, and obligation.

Director: Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir.
Screenwriters: Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Bergsveinn Birgisson, Ottó G. Borg.
Cast: Hera Hilmar, Thorvaldur Kristjansson, Anita Briem, Bjorn Thors.
Country: IS/NL.
Produced by Zik Zak Filmworks and Vintage Pictures IS.
Co producer: Rijneke & van Leeuwaarden-Rotterdam Films.
Sort: Feature-length film. Duration: 112 min.
Genre: Drama.
Language: Icelandic.



Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2023 (World Premiere Competition)
Tromsö International Film Festival 2022
Göteborg Film Festival 2023
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2023
Glasgow Film Festival 2023
Seattle International Film Festival 2023
Film by the Sea 2023
Netherlands Film Festival 2023

Icelandic Edda Awards 2022 (Best Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor)

about the director

Ása Hjörleifsdóttir is an Icelandic writer and director, born in 1984. She graduated from the Columbia University Film MFA program with her thesis film ÁSTARSAGA (“Love Story”), a 2013 finalist for the Student Academy Awards. After her critically acclaimed first feature film THE SWAN (premiere TIFF 2017), Ása is now in production on her second film, an adaptation of the novel Reply to a Letter From Helga by Bergsveinn Birgisson.