Cold Fever (1995)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Starring: Masatoshi Nagase, Gisli Halldorsson, Lili Taylor, Fisher Stevens
Japanese businessman Hirata finds himself canceling his vacation plans to Hawaii when his grandfather reminds him of his duty to his parents. Seven years earlier, Hirata's parents were killed in an avalanche in Iceland. According to Japanese tradition, their souls will not be at ease until the proper ceremonies have been performed. Thus, Hirata sets out on a journey to the river where his parents perished. Along the way, he encounters many difficulties, tough situations, and odd people in the land of ice and fire. Friðrik Þór Friðriksson's vision infuses Iceland's stark and beautiful landscape with a haunting spirituality.