#ReadNordicFilm: Summerlight… and Then Comes the Night

An adaptation of the novel Summerlight… and Then Comes the Night by the popular Icelandic writer Jón Kalman Stefánsson is coming to Czech cinemas. The premiere at the Scandi festival will be accompanied by a discussion with the nordist Marta Bartošková, who will present the books by Jón Kalman Stefánsson in the context of contemporary Icelandic literature.

SUMMERLIGHT… AND THEN COMES THE NIGHT (Sumarljós og svo kemur nóttin, Iceland, 2022, 111 min)

Directed and written by Elfar Adalsteins
Cast: Heida Reed, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Svandís Dóra Einarsdóttir, Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson


Summerlight… and Then Comes the Night tells the story of the inhabitants of a sparsely populated Icelandic countryside during the emerging financial crisis of the 1990s. It follows a plethora of quirky characters who, while living far apart, are at their core very similar with all their dreams and fears. A successful businessman, who swaps a promising career for a degree in astronomy after having a dream in Latin, or a policeman’s son who paints and carves birds and dreams of becoming an artist…

The drama, with elements of absurd humour, tells the story of relationships, sorrows and joys of ordinary Icelanders.

In the original version with Czech and English subtitles.

Admission: 160 CZK
Tickets can be purchased at the box office of Edison Filmhub or in advance via GoOut.cz.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the translator Marta Bartoškova about the work of Jón Kalman Stefánsson and contemporary Icelandic literature. Moderated by Michal Švec.


Adaptations of books or biographies of literary figures are extremely popular among Nordic filmmakers. A new series shows, among other things, how filmmakers approach these challenges. Screenings take place every other month at the Edison Filmhub in Prague and several times a year also at the Art Cinema in Brno (or virtually). Through lecturers’ introductions, we present not only the film itself and its authors, but also the related book titles and their place in the context of Nordic literature and film. In addition to promoting books available in Czech, we also introduce the works that have not (yet) been translated into Czech.

The event takes place as a part of the Scandi Festival and the #ReadNordicFilm series. It is organised by Scandinavian House in cooperation with Edison Filmhub and the distribution company Film Europe, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech
Republic and Prague Municipality.