The Minister (Ráðherrann)

Origin and Year: Iceland, 2020 Director: Arnór Pálmi Arnarson, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
Runnning time: 2 x 50 minut

Having seen the movie Angels of the Universe by the cult Icelandic director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson we can remember that you can visit the island president simply by knocking on the door of his presidential row house. The feeling of a large family in the environment of Iceland’s top politics is also evoked by the series Prime Minister, whose main character is Benedikt Ríkarðsson, head of the Independent Party. “We all have the same opinion on 95 % of the topics, we just act like we don’t,” says the bipolar politician in the election debate, and things pick up speed – immediately everyone in the nation loves him. In a small and specific environment, the series shows the phenomena that we are slowly getting used to everywhere at the moment, for example, the easy infiltration of elements of media shows into high politics. The American comedian Ben Stiller also talks politics in this story, but the series takes the form of an absurd comedy and a psychological drama as well.