Cold Turkey ( 14min, 2013) by Arnarsson
Cold Turkey ( 14min, 2013) by Arnarsson

1. Your film is gruesome but it has a certain kind of humour too; is this your way of expressing a feeling of this world ?
The humor in COLD TURKEY is a way for me to retain the serious tone of the film. Cannibalism is an extremely serious and often taboo subject matter so I felt I needed some humor to make light out of it. I wanted to provoke certain uneasiness and serious thought but also amusement. I have always felt that these types of films allow you to engage in an interesting emotional experience, one that includes both laughter and discomfort, sometimes simultaneously. In that sense, the humor in the film is just another way for me to play the audience. I am simply the orchestra conductor and the audience´s reactions are my orchestra. I hope to make them laugh one moment and be horrified the next.
2. What kind of movies have you been watching to inspire this film ?
I re-watched some films that have made me ambivalent in terms of sympathy and antipathy for its protagonist. There is this obsession in traditional Hollywood filmmaking of a heroic and easily relatable protagonist. I am not interested in painting such characters or so called cardboard cutouts that are an absolute type. I am more interested in the shades of grey that create a multifaceted person. I feel that characters that alternate more between good and bad sides in him- or herself often come across as more real. So when I decided I wanted to create a film about a cannibal, I did not want to portray him simply as a cold-hearted killer. Instead I wanted to enable an audience to see something decent in Adam (Brynjar Holdversson). After all we are all only human and I believe pure evil is just as unattainable as a pure good. Therefore, I watched some films to figure out how I could expand Adam and his actions enough to where the audience could actually question whether he is ‘’good’’ or ‘’evil’’.
3. Tell us a little about your life and other coming new projects.
I am from Iceland but live in Boston. Right now I am back home in Iceland ; I am finishing up two short film scripts. I can´t tell you exactly what they are about. But I definitely plan to keep exploring the combination of the gruesome with some humor.
Thanks,
Thor Arnarsson

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