Transcript: The Minister - Episode 3 | Oct 15, 2020(intense music plays)
Clips from the previous episode play.
A man watches TV in a dark room.
A Female Host says POLITICAL SCIENTISTS SAY THAT IT'S DOUBTFUL THAT BENEDIKT CAN KEEP HIS PROMISE.
On TV, Olafur says BENEDIKT IS IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION BECAUSE IF HE FULFILLS HIS PROMISE, HE'S IGNORING THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS.
Gudny says WHY DID YOU SLEEP HERE?
Hrefna says UM, GRIMUR... I'M JUST...
Gudny says WE CAN DISCUSS IT LATER.
In a meeting, Eggert says WE CAN'T TRUST HIM. WE'VE SEEN IT BEFORE.
Grimur says EGGERT. IT WILL BE OKAY. BENEDIKT WILL COME AROUND.
Benedikt lies back on a chair looking to the ceiling.
Benedikt says IT WOULD BE BEST IF THE NATION ITSELF WOULD WRITE THE COALITION AGREEMENT. Hrefna says ON TWITTER OR SOMETHING.
Thorgeir Junior shows Thorgeir his cell phone and says "BENEDIKT RIKARDSSON SHOULD BECOME ICELAND'S NEXT PRIME MINISTER.
Thorgeir puts on his glasses and says FUCK. IS THIS POPULAR?
Talking to a crowd outside his house, Benedikt says WE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF OUR VALUES AND INTEGRITY, BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO LISTEN TO OUR HEARTS. AND MINE TELLS ME THAT FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME, I'M GOING TO BETRAY MY WORD.
Later, he looks at his dog and says LEO. YOU'RE SO GREAT.
The screen turns black. The Saggafilm logo appears, followed by several others.
Benedikt walks with difficulty across a hall as voices in off play.
Man 1 says THE NATION...
Woman 1 says WE'RE AT A CROSSROADS. I'M SORRY. I'M NOT FINISHED. WE'RE AT A CROSSROADS REGARDING THE SYSTEM. IT HASN'T DEVELOPED. IT'S NOT FIT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.
Man 1 says THE NATION NEEDS POLITICIANS WITH A CLEAR POLICY. NOT A THEOLOGIAN WHO'S GOING EVERY WAY AT ONCE.
Man 2 says WELL... ARE YOU TELLING US THAT THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY HAS ALWAYS HAD A CLEAR POLICY?
Man 1 says YES, AND THE NATION LIKES IT.
Man 3 says WHY HAVE PEOPLE STOPPED VOTING, THEN?
Man 2 says EXACTLY.
Man 1 says I ADMIT THAT MORE PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE.
Man 3 says PLEASE...
Man 4 says THE PEOPLE'S PARTY SUPPORTS ELECTRONIC VOTING.
Man 1 says THIS IS AN UNBELIEVABLE STREAM OF PROMISES.
Man 3 says I'LL EXPLAIN IT.
Man 3 says BE VERY QUICK.
Man 1 says ARE YOU GOING TO ALLOW HIM TO KEEP GOING LIKE THIS?
Benedikt breathes heavily.
(piano music plays)
Next, Steinunn walks into a large office.
Steinunn says YOU LOOK SO GREAT IN THAT SEAT.
Benedikt says HI.
Steinunn says HI. DID YOU SLEEP? YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR ROUTINE.
Benedikt says WORK, WORK... THE SHIP WILL SINK IF THE CAPTAIN SLEEPS.
Steinunn says AS I REMEMBER IT... IT LOOKED GRANDER.
Benedikt hugs her and says RIGHT. MARBLE COLUMNS AND MOUNTED ANIMAL HEADS.
Benedikt says I HAD IT ALL REMOVED.
The opening credits appear.
In off, a woman says THE NEW PARLIAMENT WILL COMMENCE LATER TODAY. IT WILL FIRST SELECT A NEW SPEAKER. OUR SOURCES TELL US THAT HALLGRIMUR TOMASSON, MEMBER OF THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY, WILL BE ELECTED AS SPEAKER. ACCORDING TO THE SECRETARY GENERAL, THE CEREMONY WILL BE TRADITIONAL, WITH MEMBERS INITIALLY MEETING IN THE CATHEDRAL...
A man in his late fifties with a beret and a male teenager take furniture out of a church. Rikardur arrives in a car. He is in his late sixties, clean-shave with receding blond hair. He wears a black shirt, a clerical collar and a gray jacket.
Rikardur says WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?
The man in his fifties says WE'RE RENOVATING.
Rikardur says RENOVATING? THIS IS THE OLDEST CHURCH IN THE VALLEY.
The man in his fifties says WELL...
Rikardur says COME ON. PUT IT BACK.
The man in his forties says I OWN IT. I'VE GOT ALL THE PERMITS NEEDED.
Rikardur says OF COURSE A MAN LIKE YOU ATTACKS CHRISTIANITY.
The man in his fifties says THERE ARE FIVE CHURCHES HERE IN THIS VALLEY, 20 IN THE FJORD. JESUS CHRIST DOESN'T NEED THEM ALL.
Rikardur says THIS IS A HOLY HOUSE. AND YOU'RE MAKING IT INTO A SUMMER HOUSE.
The man in his fifties says RIKARDUR, IT'S BEEN DECOMMISSIONED.
Rikardur says IT SHOULD BE RESPECTED.
The man in his fifties says YES, IT WILL BE A WEDDING SUITE.
Rikardur says WEDDING SUITE?
The man in his fifties says FOR THE HOTEL THEY'RE GOING TO BUILD DOWN HERE.
Rikardur says THIS IS SACRILEGE.
The man in his fifties says SEND GOD A LETTER.
Rikardur grabs a piece of furniture the teenager is holding.
Rikardur says GIVE IT BACK.
The man in his fifties says LEAVE HIM ALONE.
The man punches Rikardur on the face. He falls to the ground.
(choir singing) (bell tolling)
Benedikt and his ministers walk out of a church.
A woman shouts BENEDIKT, I LOVE YOU.
Hrefna packs a bag.
At Parliament, Eggert says NOW THE MEMBERS WILL ELECT THE SPEAKER OF ALTHING. THE LAW STATES THE CANDIDATES HAVE TO BE NOMINATED. I HAVE ONE NOMINATION.
Now, Hrefna leaves her wedding ring inside a glass on the kitchen.
(theme music plays) The Island flag appears on Benedikt's face. The name of the series reads "The Minister."
Back at the Parliament session, Eggert says THE HONORABLE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, HALLGRIMUR TOMASSON, FIRST MEMBER OF THE SOUTHWEST DISTRICT, IS THE ELECTED SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIM AND WISH HIM GOOD LUCK AND ASK HIM TO TAKE OVER. CONGRATULATIONS.
(bell dings) Grimur sits at the stand and rings a bell.
Katla says THE NUMBERS ARE GOOD RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF THE ELECTION, BUT WE HAVE TO DO A LOT TO KEEP OUR READERS.
Steinunn says WE'LL GO DOWN A BIT NOW.
Katla says I WOULD LIKE TO STOP PUMPING OUT NEWS AND WRITE FEW BUT DETAILED REPORTS. YOU KNOW.
Steinunn says YES, GREAT.
Katla says HMM. HAY, STEINUNN, WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH HREFNA? WERE YOU OKAY WITH IT?
Steinunn says UH... I MEAN, SHE DOESN'T HAVE A NETWORK. SORRY.
Katla says ARE YOU OKAY?
Steinunn says YES. SORRY.
Katla says WHAT'S WRONG?
Steinunn leaves and says IT'S OKAY.
Benedikt says WELCOME.
Hrefna says THANK YOU. AREN'T YOU SUPPOSED TO BE IN A MEETING?
Benedikt says IT'S OVER. I FOUND THE ROYAL GRAND.
Hrefna says I'LL GUESS YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT.
Benedikt says THE ROYAL GRAND, HREFNA. WE BOUGHT IT WHEN THE KING CAME TO ICELAND IN 1907. THERE WAS NO INSTRUMENT IN THE COUNTRY FIT FOR A KING. WE EVEN IMPORTED A PIANO PLAYER BECAUSE NOBODY COULD PLAY A GRAND PIANO HERE. THE THING IS... IT WAS ONLY PLAYED ONCE.
Hrefna says WHAT THEN?
Benedikt chuckles and WHAT THEN?
They walk out of the building and keep chatting.
Benedikt says IT WAS FORGOTTEN. IT WAS PUT UP FOR AUCTION WHERE EVERYTHING WAS BOUGHT EXCEPT THE ROYAL GRAND PIANO. THEN IT WAS LEFT IN A FIELD FOR A WHOLE SUMMER. THEN JONAS FROM HRIFLA BOUGHT IT, FOR HIS SCHOOL. THERE... (laughs) THERE...
They get into a car.
Benedikt says THE SCHOOLBOYS PISSED IN IT.
Next, Benedikt shakes hands with an old man in his house. He is wearing a black suit.
Benedikt says GOOD MORNING. BENEDIKT.
The old man says THE PIANO'S IN HERE. COME IN.
Hrefna says THANK YOU.
Benedikt says IT'S LIKE NEW.
The old man says DON'T YOU WANT SOME COFFEE?
Benedikt says YES, PLEASE. MAY I?
The old man says PLEASE.
Benedikt plays the piano and says WOW. LET'S BUY IT.
Hrefna says WHAT?
Benedikt says LET'S BUY IT.
Hrefna chuckles and says UM... YES...
Steinunn buys some products at a pharmacy.
Steinunn says GOOD MORNING.
A young female cashier says MORNING.
Steinunn says HERE.
The Cashier says DO YOU NEED ANYTHING ELSE?
Steinunn says NO, THANK YOU.
The Cashier says 4,800 KRONAS.
(dings) Steinunn pays using her cell phone.
The Cashier says WOULD YOU LIKE A BAG?
Steinunn says UH, NO, THANK YOU. OH.
The Cashier says THANK YOU.
Steinunn says THANKS.
Benedikt meets Rikardur at the airport as he is waiting for his luggage.
Benedikt hugs him and says DAD.
Rikardur says YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO COME, BUT IT'S NICE TO SEE YOU.
Benedikt says WHAT...
Rikardur says THEY WERE GOING TO DESTROY THE OLD CHURCH AT VELLIR. I TOOK A STAND WITH THE CHURCH.
Benedikt says AREN'T YOU GOING TO THE POLICE?
Rikardur says THE BISHOP MUST DECIDE.
Benedikt says WHAT?
Rikardur says I'M GOING TO MEET THE CHURCH COUNCIL.
Benedikt says I'M TALKING ABOUT YOUR BRUISES.
Rikardur says WHAT?
Benedikt says YOU'RE ALL BLACK AND BLUE. GO TO THE POLICE.
Rikardur says I'M NOT THE MAIN THING HERE. GUOMUNDUR THE GOOD WAS THE PRIEST IN THIS CHURCH BEFORE HE BECAME A BISHOP. IT CAN'T BE TURNED INTO A WEDDING SUITE. BUT HE GOT PERMISSION, THAT'S WHY I CAME TO THE CAPITAL. I'M GOING TO STOP IT.
Benedikt says IS THAT YOURS?
Rikardur says YES.
Benedikt grabs Rikardur's luggage. Outside, a modern car waits for them.
Rikardur says YOU RECEIVE ME LIKE A FOREIGN DIGNITARY.
(CHUCKLES) Benedikt says BUT YOU'LL ONLY GET THE GUEST ROOM AT HOME.
Rikardur says YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK INTO THE THING WITH THE CHURCH?
Benedikt says LOOK, I AGREE WITH YOU, BUT...
Rikardur says RIGHT. YOU'LL LOOK INTO IT.
Steinunn looks at a pregnancy test. She sobs and smiles. (shudders)
Steinunn goes down the stairs and says BENEDIKT!
Rikardur says GOOD MORNING.
Steinunn says HI. (chuckles)
Rikardur says DIDN'T BENEDIKT TELL YOU THAT I WAS COMING?
Steinunn says NO. (sniffles) IT'S OKAY.
Rikardur says IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG? WHAT?
Steinunn shows him the pregnancy test.
Rikardur says OH! I'M... I THOUGHT SINCE YOU LOST THE...
Steinunn says YEAH, I JUST... ME, TOO.
Rikardur says IT'S A MIRACLE.
Steinunn chuckles. They hug.
Rikardur says YOU'RE GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL PARENT. AND BENEDIKT, TOO.
Steinunn says THANK YOU.
Hrefna checks Grimur's profile on Facebook.
(message tone) (typing) (ringing)
Then, she makes a phone call.
Gudny says HELLO, MY LOVE.
Hrefna says SORRY I'M CALLING SO LATE, BUT I'VE BEEN VERY BUSY.
Gudny says OF COURSE. AREN'T YOU GOING TO EAT WITH US?
Hrefna says YEAH, ABOUT THAT. I FORGOT TO TELL YOU, I NEED TO WORK.
Gudny says NO PROBLEM. I'LL PUT SINDRI TO BED.
Hrefna says THANKS, MOM.
Rikardur and the Bishop walk into a building. She is in her sixties, with short graying hair. She wears a purple shirt, a black jacket, a clerical collar and a golden necklace with a big cross.
Rikardur says THE BISHOP HAS TO DO SOMETHING. IT'S HAPPENING EVERYWHERE. THE CHURCH AT STOOVARFJOROUR IS A HOTEL. THE ONE IN ESKIFJOROUR IS A HOUSE NOW. BLONDUOS... I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT IS. MAMMON IS TAKING OVER THE HOUSES OF THE LORD. IT HAS TO BE STOPPED BEFORE CHRISTIANITY HAS LOST.
The Bishop says I UNDERSTAND YOU. I DON'T LIKE IT ANY MORE THAN YOU DO THAT RICH TOURISTS WILL BE TEMPTED TO HAVE SEX ON THE ALTAR.
Rikardur says THANK YOU.
The Bishop says BUT THIS CHURCH HAS BEEN DECOMMISSIONED. WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER IT ANYMORE. AS YOU KNOW, THE STATE OWNS THE LAND, NOT US.
Rikardur says ARE YOU NUTS?
(indistinct chatter) Hrefna walks into a bar. She spots Grimur and Svanhvít chatting.
Hrefna says HI, CAN I GET A PINT?
Katla says HI.
Hrefna says HI! (CHUCKLES)
Katla says I'LL BUY. YOU'RE LATE. WORKING LATE, OF COURSE.
The Bartender says THAT'S 1,500.
Katla says THANKS. (cell phone dings) AREN'T YOU COMING? WE'RE HERE IN THE CORNER. WELL, LOOK WHO'S HERE. (chuckles) SHOULDN'T WE TOAST THE PRIME MINISTER'S AIDE?
A Man says CHEERS.
Grimur says SHE'LL BE GREAT.
Katla says YOU'LL BECOME THE PRIME MINISTER ONE DAY. YOU'LL BE A POWER COUPLE, SHARING THE POWER. CHEERS, HREFNA.
A bit upset, Svanhvít looks at Grimur. Then, she quickly smiles.
The Man says CHEERS.
Talking on the phone, Rikardur says THE PRIME MINISTER HAS THE CASE. NO, WE'LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. NO. HE SUPPORTS THE CHURCH. YES. GREAT.
(water running) Hrefna washes her hands in a bathroom. (knocking on door)
Hrefna says I'M JUST FINISHING UP.
Katla says IS EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT?
Hrefna says YES.
Katla says YOU KNOW, YOU CAN ALWAYS TALK TO ME. IT WAS TERRIBLE TO HEAR ABOUT HIM AND SVANHVIT, THAT HE'S SLEEPING WITH HER. DID YOU KNOW?
Hrefna looks down and nods.
Katla says OKAY. IS IT AN ARRANGEMENT?
Getting emotional, Hrefna shakes her head and leaves.
Katla says HREFNA. SORRY.
Then, Ottar and Hrefna have a beer in a terrace.
Ottar says CHEERS.
Hrefna says CHEERS.
Ottar says AND WHAT? ALREADY WORKING FOR YOUR OWN INTERESTS?
Hrefna chuckles and says WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
Ottar says AREN'T THEY GOING TO STOP HUNTING YOU?
Hrefna says HUH. WHO'S HUNTING ME?
Ottar says I MEAN... NO WHALE HUNTING.
Hrefna says MMM-HMM. RIGHT, BECAUSE HREFNA IS THE NAME OF A WHALE.
Ottar says IT WAS A TERRIBLE JOKE. TERRIBLE. I REGRET IT IMMEDIATELY.
Hrefna says REALLY. DID YOU THINK ABOUT IT ALL THE WAY UP HERE?
Ottar says ALL THE WAY.
Hrefna says THANK YOU FOR THE BEER. I'M OFF. I'M SO AFRAID.
They say OH. (laughing)
Grimur and Svanhvit kiss lying on a bed. Grimur removes her underwear.
Svanhvit says OOH.
Having sex, she says NOT EVERYONE IS ALLOWED TO SLEEP WITH THE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR. LET ALONE THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT. (Svanhvit breathing heavily) (Grimur grunts) WAIT... WHAT... (chuckles)
Upset, Grimur moves her away. He sits by himself thinking.
Svanhvit gets dressed and says I'LL TALK TO YOU TOMORROW REGARDING THE LEGISLATION. THANKS FOR TONIGHT.
(door opens) She leaves.
Grimur walks to the kitchen to drink a glass of water. He finds Hrefna's ring.
(sobbing) (objects crashing) He throws the glass away.
The next day, four men deliver the piano outside Benedikt's office.
Benedikt exhales and says THANK YOU.
A man says NO PROBLEM.
Benedikt says IT'S FINALLY HOME. FINALLY.
The man says YES.
Talking in English on the phone, Ottar says YES, THANK YOU. YEAH. PLEASURE SPEAKING TO YOU. YEAH, OKAY, BYE.
Ragna says HOW DID IT GO?
In Icelandic, Ottar says VERY WELL.
Ragna says IS YOUR CHIROPRACTOR ARTICLE BECOMING INTERNATIONAL?
Ottar says I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT. THE BRITS ARE THE ONLY ONES DISCUSSING IT.
Ragna says WHERE CAN I SEE IT?
Ottar says IT WAS JUST AN INTERVIEW, BUT IT'LL BE BROADCAST ON FRIDAY THERE.
Ragna says OKAY. THE WORLD MIGHT WANT TO SEE THIS. Showing him an article on her cell phone, she says "THE PRIME MINISTER SAVES THE CHURCH AT VELLIR."
Ottar says WHAT?
Ragna says BENEDIKT IS MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE.
Ottar says WHY HAVEN'T WE PUBLISHED THIS?
Ragna says WHAT ABOUT STEINUNN?
Ottar says IT'S TODAY'S TOP STORY. WE CAN STOP PUBLISHING IF WE'RE NOT GOING TO COVER THIS.
Ragna says YES.
Next, Sindri makes a crepe.
Hrefna says AND FLIP IT. WELL DONE. (cell phone ringing) GO TO GRANDMA.
Hrefna answers the phone and says HI.
Ottar says HI, IT'S OTTAR. HOW ARE YOU?
Hrefna says FINE. HOW ARE YOU?
Ottar says GOOD. WHAT ABOUT THE CHURCH THING?
Hrefna says YES, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
Ottar says UP NORTH.
Hrefna says RIGHT. I'M JUST LOOKING...
Ottar says CAN I GET A COMMENT FROM BENEDIKT?
Hrefna says I'LL CHECK FOR YOU.
Ottar says AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, PLEASE. WILL YOU CALL ME?
Hrefna says I WILL.
The man in his late fifties with a beret says "THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE IS GOING TO STOP THE RENOVATION OF THE CHURCH AT VELLIR, ACCORDING TO OUR SOURCES." THE SOURCE IS RIKARDUR. HIS FRIEND WROTE THE STORY. WHAT NONSENSE IS THIS? YOU SAID I HAD PERMISSION.
He hands a newspaper to a young red-haired woman.
The red-haired woman says HE DOESN'T HAVE THE POWER TO INTERFERE.
The man with a beret says HE DOESN'T?
The red-haired woman reads RIKARDUR SAYS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER "IS THINKING ABOUT REVOKING THE PERMIT FROM THE COUNTY." She says HE DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO THAT.
The man with a beret says OKAY.
A male reporter in his thirties walks into Benedikt's office.
The Reporter says LISTEN, REGARDING THE NEWS.
Benedikt says YES, IT'S GREAT THAT YOU'RE INTERESTED. WE NEED MORE NEWS ABOUT CULTURE. I'VE BOUGHT THE ROYAL GRAND PIANO ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT. IT HAS A GREAT HISTORY.
Thora is in her late forties, with short curly hair. She wears glasses, a dark jacket and a silver handkerchief.
In a hall nearby, Thora says HREFNA. TALK TO ME, PLEASE. WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE PIANO?
Hrefna says WHAT PIANO?
Thora says THE ONE OVER THERE.
Hrefna says THE ROYAL GRAND.
Thora says WHAT IS IT DOING HERE?
Hrefna says BENEDIKT DECIDED TO SAVE IT.
Thora says DO YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE HERE?
Hrefna says I DON'T KNOW, THORA. I'M A BIT BUSY.
Thora says IF YOU'RE GOING TO PUT A PIANO HERE, YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE RIGHT PROCESSES...
Hrefna says YOU DECIDE. SO... YOU'LL FIGURE IT OUT, RIGHT?
Benedikt says THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A MACHINE FOR MAKING SAUSAGES AND...
The Reporter says SORRY. I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE CHURCH AT VELLIR. WHY IS THE PRIME MINISTER INTERFERING WITH THE RENOVATION?
Hrefna says BENEDIKT, MAY I?
Benedikt says YES...
The Reporter says WE'RE NOT FINISHED.
Hrefna says PLEASE TURN IT OFF, I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU.
Benedikt says YES.
The Reporter says REGARDING THE RENOVATION OF THE CHURCH THAT YOU'RE STOPPING...
Hrefna says THE MINISTER DOESN'T HAVE A COMMENT RIGHT NOW. WE'LL BE IN TOUCH. THANK YOU.
In another room, Benedikt sighs and says RIGHT, SHOW IT TO ME.
Hrefna says ALL THE MEDIA SAYS THAT YOU'RE INTERFERING WITH THE RENOVATION OF A CHURCH IN YOUR FATHER'S PARISH.
Benedikt takes a look at a web article that reads "Prime minister bans church renovation."
Benedikt says I ONLY TOLD HIM I WOULD TAKE A LOOK.
Hrefna says OKAY. WE HAVE TO BACK OUT.
Benedikt says WHAT IF WE DON'T?
Hrefna says THEN WE'RE VIOLATING ADMINISTRATIVE LAW.
Benedikt says SEE HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS. DESTROYING A CHURCH LIKE THAT...
Hrefna says THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF CHURCHES. IT'S YOUR FATHER'S PARISH.
Benedikt says YES.
Hrefna says OUR COALITION AGREEMENT STATES THAT MINISTERS WILL NOT WORK IN THE INTEREST OF THEIR RELATIVES. WE HAVE TO REACT NOW.
Bored, Grimur sits in his office.
A man with glasses walks in carrying folders.
He says YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THESE. THEN THERE'S A VISIT FROM SCHOOLCHILDREN AT 2:00. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THEM BEFORE THE SESSION.
Grimur says THANKS.
Next, Grimur sees men delivering the piano outside the building.
A Male Shipper says WHERE DO YOU WANT IT?
A Male Security Guard says WHAT IS THAT?
The Shipper says A GRAND PIANO.
Grimur says WHAT'S GOING ON? WHO SENT THIS?
The Shipper says THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE.
Grimur says BENEDIKT?
The Shipper says YES, HE BOUGHT IT AND THEY WANTED TO GET RID OF IT. THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR IT.
Grimur says WE DON'T HAVE ANY ROOM EITHER.
The Shipper says WE WERE TOLD TO TRANSPORT IT HERE. SHOULD WE JUST PUSH IT INTO THE FOYER?
Grimur says NO. LEAVE IT THERE.
Benedikt meets with the Bishop, Rikardur and two more priests.
Benedikt says THE NEWS STORIES ARE INCORRECT. I CAN'T SAVE THE CHURCH AT VELLIR.
The Bishop says WE KNOW.
Benedikt says BUT I'VE THOUGHT A LOT ABOUT THE SITUATION OF THE CHURCH.
The Bishop says YES?
Benedikt says YES. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE HAS BEEN AN ABUSIVE ONE FROM THE BEGINNING. IT BEGAN IN 1551, WHEN THE KING KILLED TWO BISHOPS AND STOLE A THIRD OF THE LAND OWNED BY THE CHURCH. SINCE THEN, THE STATE HAS CONTINUED TO TAKE AND TAKE. AND NOW THE CHURCH DOESN'T OWN ANYTHING. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH LAND IT IS?
The Bishop says YES, I KNOW.
Benedikt says ABOUT 45 percent OF THE LAND IN THE COUNTRY. AND WHAT HAPPENS IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS?
Male Priest 1 says THE WEAKER PARTY BECOMES CODEPENDENT.
Benedikt says EXACTLY.
The Bishop says BUT THE STATE AGREED TO PAY OUR PRIESTS' WAGES.
Benedikt says YES, WAGES DETERMINED BY THE STATE ALONE, THAT IT CUTS DOWN REGULARLY.
Male Priest 2 says WE'RE OFTEN REALLY DEFENSIVE.
Benedikt says THE CHURCH IS ALWAYS APOLOGIZING. YOU HAVE STOPPED GOING TO SCHOOLS BECAUSE THE POLITICIANS DON'T WANT YOU TO. AND IF SOME CAPITALIST WANTS TO BUY A CHURCH AND TURN IT INTO A HOTEL, YOU JUST SAY "YES" AND "AMEN." THE CHURCH IS IN TROUBLE. IT HAS TO BE SAVED.
The Bishop says WE'VE OFTEN DISCUSSED THIS.
Benedikt says I THINK IT WOULD BE BEST TO SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE.
Rikardur says WAIT A MINUTE. ISN'T THIS A BIT TOO MUCH?
Benedikt says NO, DAD. THIS IS ONLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WE HAVE TO FREE THE CHURCH AND RETURN THE LAND.
Ragna says OTTAR, THE BRITS ARE GOING CRAZY. BECAUSE OF YOUR INTERVIEW.
Ottar approaches Ragna's computer.
He reads "THE UK CHIROPRACTORS ASSOCIATION."
Ragna says YES. THEY SAY THEY'VE HELPED A LOT OF PEOPLE.
Ottar stutters and says I'M JUST BASING IT ON OUR EXPERIENCE, HERE IN ICELAND.
Ragna says YES. IT'LL BLOW OVER.
Svanhvít says CHURCH AND STATE? IS BENEDIKT HERE?
Hrefna says HE'S ON HIS WAY FROM THE BISHOP.
Svanhvít says YES, THE BISHOP CALLED ME. SHOULDN'T YOU AT LEAST LET THE MINISTER FOR ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS KNOW FIRST?
Hrefna says FORMALLY, YOU'RE NOT THE MINISTER FOR ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS. THAT MINISTRY DOESN'T EXIST ANYMORE.
Svanhvít says THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR HANDLES CHURCH MATTERS. ARE WE REALLY DISCUSSING THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE? THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND STATE IS HIGHLY COMPLICATED.
Benedikt says HREFNA, PLEASE... GREAT. YOU'RE HERE, LISTEN... WE HAVE TO PREPARE THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
Svanhvít says RIGHT. THE BISHOP CALLED ME.
Benedikt says WE CAN DO IT IN THE SUMMER.
Svanhvít says CAN I PLEASE HAVE A SAY IN THIS, SINCE THIS MATTER IS UNDER MY MINISTRY?
Benedikt says YES.
Svanhvit says THE PARTY DOESN'T AGREE WITH THIS.
Benedikt says BUT MAYBE THE AVERAGE MEMBER OF THE PARTY DOESN'T REALLY KNOW WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.
Svanhvít says ISN'T THAT A GOOD REASON TO DISCUSS IT FURTHER?
Benedikt says RIGHT. DON'T WE HAVE PARLIAMENT FOR THAT?
Svanhvít says CAN WE WAIT A BIT WITH CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION?
Hrefna says TECHNICALLY, WE DON'T NEED TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION TO DO IT.
Svanhvít says JUST SO IT'S CLEAR, THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY SUPPORTS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE.
It's raining and the piano gets wet.
Talking to the security guard, Grimur says DAMN IT. GET THE BOYS TOGETHER. THE PIANO.
The Security Guard says BOYS, COME WITH ME.
Grimur runs outside to lift the piano with the help of other men. He receives a call from the Kindergarten but he doesn't answer.
A Man says WE DON'T HAVE TIME.
On TV, A Female Host says THE PRIME MINISTER REPORTEDLY STATED THAT HE WAS GOING TO STOP A DECOMMISSIONED CHURCH FROM BEING CHANGED INTO A HOTEL SUITE. OR SO SAYS A LOCAL PAPER...
Hrefna answers her phone and says HREFNA.
On her thirties, Holmfriour says HELLO. THIS IS HOLMFRIOUR AT THE KINDERGARTEN. SINDRI IS WAITING HERE ALONE.
Hrefna sighs and says SORRY, I THOUGHT HIS DAD...
Holmfriour says THAT'S NOT OUR BUSINESS. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS WEEK.
Hrefna says I'M SORRY. IT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN. I'M ON MY WAY.
Benedikt arrives home and says SORRY, I'M LATE. THIS LOOKS GREAT. HAVE YOU AND DAD EATEN?
Steinunn says YES, I'M FINISHED. LISTEN... I'VE GOT NEWS...
Benedikt says I'VE GOT GREAT NEWS AS WELL. I TOOK A GIANT LEAP FORWARD... MMM. WHAT'S THIS SPICE?
Steinunn says CARDAMOM.
Benedikt says ARE YOU CARDAMOMING ME? IT'S GREAT. WE TOOK A GREAT LEAP FORWARD IN SEPARATING CHURCH AND STATE.
Steinunn says ARE YOU REALLY GOING TO DO THAT?
Rikardur says ENJOY YOUR FOOD.
Steinunn says DID WE WAKE YOU?
Rikardur says NO, NO.
Steinunn says SIT DOWN. (clears throat)
Rikardur says I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU.
Benedikt says DAD, IT'S NO PROBLEM. I UNDERSTAND. I FORGIVE YOU.
Rikardur says NO, NO. YOU MIGHT THINK YOU'RE HELPING THE CHURCH.
Benedikt says MMM-HMM.
Rikardur says I THINK YOU'RE MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE. YOU CAN'T BEHAVE THIS WAY.
Benedikt says DAD. YOU LIED TO YOUR FRIEND AT THE LOCAL PAPER THAT I WOULD FIX IT.
Rikardur says IT WAS ALL TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT.
Benedikt says YES?
Rikardur says I JUST TOLD HIM YOU WERE GOING TO LOOK INTO IT.
Benedikt says THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING. I'M GOING TO RESURRECT THE CHURCH.
Rikardur says RESURRECT? YOU'RE DESTROYING IT. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? I'M GOING TO LOSE MY JOB AND ALL THE SMALL PARISHES...
Benedikt says IT'S NOT PERSONAL. I'M THINKING ABOUT THE WHOLE CHURCH.
Steinunn says DOES THE PARTY AGREE?
Rikardur says WE TALKED TO THE PARTY AND THE PARTY SAID...
Angry, Benedikt says ARE YOU WORKING AGAINST ME IN MY OWN PARTY?
Rikardur says I'M JUST WORKING FOR THE CHURCH.
Benedikt says IF THE CHURCH THINKS THAT YOU CAN RUN THE COUNTRY THROUGH ME, THEN THAT'S A MISUNDERSTANDING.
Rikardur says LISTEN TO ME, BOY.
Benedikt yells I'M NOT INTERESTED.
Rikardur says WHAT KIND OF NONSENSE IS THIS? SHE'S PREGNANT AND...
Steinunn says I HADN'T TOLD HIM. Rikardur says SORRY. I JUST... I'M SORRY.
Benedikt says ARE YOU PREGNANT?
Smiling, Steinunn says YES.
Benedikt says WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BABY?
Steinunn says YES.
Benedikt says THERE?
Steinunn says IN THERE.
Later, Benedikt plays with his dog as he speaks on the phone.
Over the phone, a man says GOOD EVENING. IS THAT YOU, BENNI?
Benedikt says YES.
The Man says WE HAVEN'T SPOKEN FOR A LONG TIME. HOW'VE YOU BEEN?
Benedikt says I'M BECOMING A DAD. BUT YOU KNOW, OF COURSE.
The Man says YOU DID IT YOURSELF. I TRY TO HELP...
Benedikt says I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU.
The Man says WHAT'S GOING ON?
Benedikt says THIS CHURCH THING.
The Man says YES, THAT OLD QUESTION ABOUT CHURCH AND STATE. ISN'T IT JUST NICE AS IT IS?
Benedikt says ARE YOU AGAINST IT, TOO?
The Man says IT'S NO BIG DEAL.
Benedikt says EVERYBODY DISAGREES WITH ME.
The Man says IT DOESN'T MATTER TO ME.
Benedikt says LEO. COME.
The Man says CHANGE IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT. FOLLOW YOUR CONSCIENCE, AND IT'LL BE ALL RIGHT.
Benedikt says THAT'S TRUE. LEO, COME.
The Man says LOVE YOU.
Benedikt says LEO.
(gospel music plays) A security guard finds the piano at the parking lot.
On a radio, a man says BUILDING IS EMPTY UPSTAIRS. 1-N, COME IN.
A cabinet meeting takes place.
Svanhvít says WE CAN'T DISREGARD THE SYSTEM WHENEVER WE WANT TO.
Eggert says THIS IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO DEAL WITH IN A SUMMER SESSION. APART FROM THAT, WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A LOT OF THINGS. CHANGES IN THE TAX SYSTEM, THE NEW HOSPITAL.
Benedikt says WE CAN'T LET EVERYTHING GO TO A COMMITTEE.
Svanhvít says WE HAVE TO DISCUSS THIS AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Benedikt says I JUST WANT US TO HAVE GREAT AMBITIONS.
Eggert says GREAT AMBITIONS. BUT IT'S NOT POSSIBLE.
Benedikt says SO YOU ALL THINK THAT WE SHOULD PUT THIS MATTER ON ICE?
Eggert and other nod and say MMM-HMM.
Benedikt says ALL RIGHT. I'VE GOT A COMPROMISE.
Eggert says MMM?
Benedikt says I'LL GIVE IT TO YOU.
Benedikt hands a document to every one.
Eggert reads "A PARLIAMENTARY RESOLUTION "ON A BINDING REFERENDUM."
Benedikt says RIGHT. THIS MATTER CONCERNS THE WHOLE NATION. IF PARLIAMENT PASSES THE RESOLUTION, THE ICELANDIC NATION CAN FINALLY VOTE ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE. AND THE RESULT WILL BE BINDING.
Eggert says LISTEN... EVERYTHING WILL GO CRAZY IF YOU PUT THIS UP FOR VOTE. THAT'S HOW IT IS.
Benedikt says THEN EVERYTHING WILL JUST GO CRAZY.
Next, Svanhvit and Eggert meet Grimy at a hall.
Svanhvit says GRIMUR.
Eggert says WE HAVE TO TALK.
Svanhvit says WHAT ARE YOU TWO DOING?
Grimur says US? I'VE GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.
Eggert says REALLY? IS IT JUST HIM?
Svanhvit says OKAY, WE CAN'T LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THE PARTY IS GOING TO SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE.
Eggert says YOU HAVE TO BE ON YOUR TOES.
Grimur says ME?
Eggert says THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT DECIDES THE AGENDA. YOU HAVE TO STOP IT.
Grimur says YOU WANT ME TO GO AGAINST THE CHAIRMAN?
Svanhvit says ONLY YOU CAN STOP THIS.
Eggert says THE PARTY WILL SUPPORT YOU.
Grimur says I'LL... KEEP THAT IN MIND.
Eggert says GOOD.
Two men pack the piano.
Benedikt says GOOD MORNING. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE NATION'S GRAND PIANO? WHAT'S GOING ON?
The Shipper says THEY'RE GOING TO AUCTION IT OFF.
Benedikt says WHAT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN? IT'S A NATIONAL TREASURE.
The Shipper says THEY SAY THERE'S NO ROOM FOR IT.
Benedikt says THEN WE MAKE ROOM.
The Shipper says WHERE? IT WAS IN EGGERT'S PARKING SPACE LAST NIGHT AND HE WASN'T HAPPY.
Benedikt says SEND IT TO ME. THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE.
The Shipper says OKAY.
(knocking on door)
Benedikt walks into Grimur's office and says WELL, GRIMUR. NOW WE'LL DO THIS TOGETHER.
Grimur says THIS IS CHALLENGING.
Benedikt says MMM-HMM.
Grimur says BUT... WE CAN'T DO IT THIS WAY.
Benedikt says OH? DIDN'T THORGEIR LJOSVETNINGAGOOI DECIDE IN ONE NIGHT THAT WE WERE A CHRISTIAN NATION?
Grimur says YES, BUT THINGS HAVE CHANGED SINCE THE YEAR 1000. LOOK. YOU'RE SHOOTING YOURSELF IN THE FOOT IF YOU ALLOW YOUR OWN PARTY TO STOP YOUR FIRST BIG THING.
Benedikt says YES. NO, IT'S A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE.
Grimur says I'LL CREATE A COMMITTEE THAT WILL ANALYZE IT AND THEN WE TAKE IT FROM THERE.
Benedikt says NO, THEN IT WILL JUST DIE.
Grimur says WELL, WE CAN'T PUT IT LIKE THAT ON MY PARLIAMENT'S AGENDA.
Benedikt says YOUR PARLIAMENT?
Grimur says BENEDIKT. YOU PUT YOUR BEST MAN AS SPEAKER TO MAKE SURE THINGS WERE DONE THE RIGHT WAY. TRUE? BENNI.
Benedikt says YES.
Grimur says I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT.
Benedikt says YES. OKAY.
Grimur says TRUST ME. (exhales)
Ottar stares at his computer.
He says THEY'RE SUING ME.
Ragna says WHO?
Ottar says THE UK CHIROPRACTORS ASSOCIATION. BECAUSE OF THE INTERVIEW ON BBC.
Ragna says UK LAWSUIT. THAT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY.
Ottar says THE PAPER WILL PAY FOR IT, WON'T THEY?
Ragna says I DON'T KNOW. TALK TO STEINUNN RIGHT AWAY.
In her office, Steinunn says WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?
Ottar says I'M JUST WRITING THE NEWS.
Katla says NOT OUR NEWS.
Ottar says BUT IT'S BASED ON OUR ARTICLE.
Steinunn says YOU SHOULD HAVE TALKED TO US BEFORE YOU STARTED RANTING IN THE BRITISH MEDIA.
Ottar says LOOK, EVERYTHING I SAID IS TRUE. AND IT'S WELL SUPPORTED...
Steinunn says SUPPORTED? WOULD IT HOLD UP IN COURT?
Ottar says YES...
Steinunn says DO YOU REALIZE HOW BRUTAL BRITISH DEFAMATION LAW IS? OTTAR?
Ottar says WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO REPORT THE NEWS.
Steinunn says THIS IS NOT NEWS. THIS IS YOU ALONE SAYING SOMETHING IN AN INTERVIEW.
Ottar thinks and says DOESN'T YOUR INSURANCE COVER IT?
Steinunn says I WOULD SAY IT'S IN A VERY GRAY AREA. BUT WE TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE. I'LL PUT A LAWYER ON IT.
Ottar says THANK YOU, STEINUNN.
Talking to two men working outside his office, Benedikt says YOU'RE DOING GREAT, BOYS.
(LEO BARKS) Benedikt says HELLO, THERE. HOW ARE YOU? WELL, WELL.
Benedikt walks past a group of people on the street.
Benedikt says THAT'S GOVERNING. LIKE THE MAN SAID, "WHAT MEN SEEK CAN'T BE FOUND IN GOVERNMENT."
(glasses clinking) He walks into his house.
Benedikt says THANK YOU, BOYS.
The Shipper says NO PROBLEM, JUST CALL IF YOU NEED IT MOVED AGAIN.
Benedikt says NO... IT'S HOME NOW. JUST LOOK HOW THEY TREAT US.
Benedikt plays the piano. Then, Rikardur takes a plane.
Steinunn says THAT'S BEAUTIFUL. THE CHURCH AND STATE THING ENDED WELL.
Benedikt says YES, DON'T YOU THINK?
Steinunn says MMM-HMM.
Benedikt says THEY'LL PUT IT TO A COMMITTEE THAT WILL DISCUSS IT FOR A THOUSAND HOURS AND... AND THEN THEY'LL DECIDE, "IT'S TOO COMPLEX AND UNCOMFORTABLE." AND NOTHING WILL CHANGE, LIKE ALWAYS.
She sits next to him by the piano.
Steinunn says NO. EVERYTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE.
He kisses her forehead and keeps playing.
The screen turns black.
Benedikt says THEN EVERYTHING GOES CRAZY.
In off, a woman says JUST A SECOND.
In off, a man says BENEDIKT, QUICK. YOU KNOW, I'M JUST GETTING WARMED UP.
A naked man sits in dark room.
(theme music plays)
The end credits roll.
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