People say Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world. They say Iceland is the land of fire and ice, where the beautiful northern lights light up the sky. But it also holds dark secrets, things you don’t want to hear about. Things that Icelanders don’t put in the travel brochures
Police profiler, Arnar, is out of his depth when he is ordered against his will to travel from Copenhagen to Reykjavik to help investigate Iceland’s first serial killer case – a gruesome series of murders where elderly men have been abused and butchered in a horrific manner. Arriving in Iceland, Arnar is quickly paired up with senior inspector Kata, who isn’t happy with his involvement as she is the lead detective on the case and now feels demoted by his arrival.
Despite the underlying conflict between them, they have to find a way to set their differences aside and work together in order to catch the killer before he strikes again. They arrest a teenager who was seen leaving the scene were victim number two was found. It is quickly established that he could not have killed the men but it is obvious to the police he is not telling them everything he knows.
The deeper they dig, the more it becomes apparent that the case about the murder victims is connected with things that took place in the past. As a connection emerges to an old child abuse case from the early eighties, they find new evidence that leads them to ongoing child abuse in the heart of Reykjavik today. The question is, what is the connection between these older men and if there is one, why are they being killed?
As we go deeper into the darkness of Iceland we also delve deeper into the central characters’ troubling back stories. Arnar was physically abused by his father when he found out he was gay, while Kata is fighting a losing battle with her secret prescription drug addiction. Both of them are broken and by working together they will not only solve the case but also help mend each other.
This is a story about the sins of our past and how we can never truly escape them.
Director: Thor Palsson
Producers: Kristinn Thordarson & Leifur B. Dagfinnsson
Produced by: Truenorth & RUV
Duration: 8 x 50 min.
Year of Production 2017
Original Title: The Valhalla Murders