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Ragnar Bragason

From: Iceland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Fueled by a remarkable breakout performance by actress Thora Bjorg Helga, Bragason’s intense drama of loss, faith, redemption, and heavy metal begins with a farming accident in the 1980’s that sends a young girl named Hera and her parents into a tail-spin of grief over the death of her heavy metal music-obsessed older brother. A decade later, Hera is transformed into a surly headbanger, dressed in black leather and a Slayer t-shirt, clutching her dead brother’s electric guitar as she howls anthems of rage to a barn full of cows. Seemingly trapped in a haunted landscape of slaughterhouses and barren winter fields, making all the wrong choices in her life, Hera slowly and painfully comes to terms with her family’s loss and the sound of her own true voice.

Decibel Magazine recently premiered a scene from the film where Hera watches a newscast about the extreme nature of black metal and its connections to the Norwegian church burnings in the 1990s. “That scene is basically an exact copy of my life,” Bragason recalled during a recent interview with Noisey about the scene, which serves as a pivotal moment in this female headbanger’s life.

Metalhead was the winner of 8 awards at the 2014 Icelandic Film Awards (including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, and Original Score by noted Icelandic musician Petur Ben), and received rave reviews during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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