In the remote north of Iceland in the mid-1980s Finn and Alfred, two employees of the Icelandic Road Administration, spend the summer painting lines on the winding roads that stretch out to the horizon. With no-one but each other for company, the barren wilderness becomes a place of adventure, disaster and discovery as both men find themselves at crossroads of their lives.
Jury motivation: Two young men on a mountain road in Iceland’s barren wilderness are painting lines to separate the lanes of the road. In the men’s interaction the film deals with forces of nature and civilization. The men’s relations with women causes unrest in both body and soul and in their solitude a small world gradually appears with a sharp and comic perspective on the masculine image.
Either Way’s strength is in use of image and sound which elegantly introduces the audience to loneliness and friendship, dreams and disappointments. The film presents an intense "cinecriture" imagery which stands independently and creates its own story. Unique effortlessness, humor, energy and maturity characterises Either Way and creates a sharp cinematic vision of human destiny.
National jury: Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Kristin Jóhannesdóttir, Hilmar Oddsson