Transcript: The Minister - episode 5 | Oct 29, 2020

Clips from the previous episodes roll.

At a TV debate, Benedikt says I WANT US
TO ACT LIKE THE NATION
CAN INFLUENCE GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE THAT'S DEMOCRACY,
AND DEMOCRACY IS
A REMARKABLE THING,
BECAUSE IF WE DON'T USE IT,
IT DOESN'T EXIST.

Steinunn says WHAT DOES
THE REPORT SAY?

Thorgeir Junior says I CAN'T TELL YOU.

Steinnun says IF IT GOES PUBLIC,
IT'S ONLY BAD FOR ONE PERSON.
YOU.

Salome says BENEDIKT,
YOU KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO
PUT THE HOTEL
IN THE BIRD SANCTUARY.
THIS IS WHAT
YOUR MOTHER FOUGHT FOR.

Valgerdur says WHAT'S GOING ON?
IS THE DEAL OFF?

Eggert says I'LL HANDLE IT.

Benedikt says WE HAVE TO FIRE
EGGERT FROM GOVERNMENT.

Hrefna says SHOULDN'T WE THINK ABOUT IT?

Benedikt says NO.
HE BROKE
THE COALITION AGREEMENT.
HIS NIECE WAS GOING TO BE
THE DIRECTOR OF THE HOTEL.

Over the phone, Rikardur says to Steinunn I WENT
TO THE CEREMONY.

Steinnun says YES. IS HE WITH YOU?

R HE WAS WITH ME,
BUT HE INSISTED I LET HIM OUT
ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

Rikardur says I NEVER TOLD YOU
EVA,
BENEDIKT'S MOTHER.
ONE DAY I CAME HOME AND...
THEN JUST...

He looks up to a beam on the ceiling and SHE WAS HANGING HERE.
IN HER NIGHTIE.
HE'S BEHAVING EXACTLY
LIKE HIS MOTHER DID.

Steinunn walk on Salome and Benedikt dancing at the theatre.

In the car, Steinunn says THE INCIDENT
IN THE UK...
MY BROTHER SAID YOU LOST
ALL CONTACT WITH REALITY.

Benedikt says I CRIED
FOR THREE DAYS
WHEN THEY TOOK ME
TO THE HOSPITAL.
SOMETHING BROKE.

The priest at Eva's funeral says "HOW FAR
THAT LITTLE CANDLE
"THROWS ITS BEAMS!
"SO SHINES A GOOD DEED
IN A WICKED WORLD."

The opening credits roll.

In Russian, a woman says YOU HAVE TO KEEP PACKING.
MMM?

A boy says I DON'T WANT TO.

The woman says COME ON, I'LL HELP YOU.

Steinunn says THEN WE
WELCOME PEOPLE WITH CHAMPAGNE.
THE BAR WILL BE THERE...

The waitress says MMM-HMM.

Steinnun says AND THEN YOU REPLENISH
THE GLASSES.
YES, GREAT. THANKS.
(WOMAN SIGHS)

A passport from the Ukraine lies on the woman's suitcase.

(music plays)

The theme music plays. The flag of Iceland appears on Benedikt's face.
The name of the series reads "The Minister."

At Benedikt's office, Hrefna says WE'VE STARTED
LOOKING AT THE CURRENCY.
THERE'S A REPORT
COMING OUT SOON.
THEN WE GOT A COMMENT
FROM THE TEACHERS' UNION.
THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT REDUCING
TEACHERS' EDUCATION, AGAIN.
(SIGHS)

Benedikt says I WISH WE COULD
PAY THEM MORE.

Hrefna says THEN YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS
PROPOSAL ABOUT TAX STEPS
FROM THE TAX
INSPECTOR GENERAL.

Benedikt says CAN'T WE DO
SOMETHING ABOUT IT?

Hrefna says THE INSPECTOR GENERAL?

Benedikt says NO, THE TEACHERS.

Hrefna says YES. WE HAVE TO
TAKE A LOOK AT IT.
AND REMEMBER, THE PARTY IS
STILL WAITING TO KNOW
WHO WILL BECOME MINISTER
INSTEAD OF EGGERT.

Benedikt says YES.

Hrefna says LISTEN.
THEN YOU'LL BECOME PRESIDENT
AFTER LUNCH.

Benedikt says OH?
REALLY?

Hrefna says SHE'S GOING ABROAD.

Benedikt says SHOULDN'T I ACCOMPANY HER
TO THE AIRPORT?

Hrefna says THAT'S NO LONGER THE TRADITION.

Benedikt says BUT I HAVE TO BE THERE
WHEN I GET THE PRESIDENT'S
POWERS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Hrefna says NO, BUT...
OKAY, PREPARE YOURSELF.

Benedikt says YOU HAVE TO CALL ME
"MR. PRESIDENT" THIS AFTERNOON.

(HREFNA CHUCKLES)

Ottar meets Valgerdur at a park. Valgerdur is staring at a statue of King Christian the 9th.

Ottar says ARE YOU
ASKING HIM FOR ADVICE?

Valgerdur BEFORE WE START...
I CAN ONLY TALK GENERALLY.

(CLEARS THROAT)

Ottar says READY?
(CLEARS THROAT)

Ottar says THEY'RE DEPORTING
A UKRAINIAN GERONTOLOGIST
WHO HAS BEEN DENIED
A RESIDENT VISA.
IS THIS THE WAY
WE WANT TO DO THINGS?

Valgerdur IT'S VERY SAD TO HAVE TO DEPORT
PEOPLE THAT WANT TO LIVE HERE,
ESPECIALLY PEOPLE
WITH VALUABLE KNOWLEDGE.
BUT I CAN'T COMMENT ON
INDIVIDUAL CASES...

Now Svanhvit and Grimur watch the clip in the office.

Grimur says DIDN'T YOU
ANSWER THEM?

Svanhvit says IT'S NOTHING.

Grimur says IT BECOMES A PROBLEM
WHEN IT'S IN THE MEDIA.
HAVE YOU HEARD FROM BENEDIKT?

Svanhvit says NO.
(INDISTINCT ANNOUNCEMENT
OVER PA)

At the airport, the president says YOU KNOW
THIS ISN'T NECESSARY.

Benedikt says I KNOW, BUT IT'S MY FIRST TIME
AND IT'S SUCH A CUTE TRADITION.

The president says YES.
IT WILL BE VERY TIME-CONSUMING
IF YOU DO IT EVERY TIME.

Benedikt says YES.
MADAM PRESIDENT.
HAND ME YOUR POWER.
(BOTH CHUCKLE)

They shake hands.

Benedikt says HAVE A GOOD TRIP.

The president says THANK YOU.
(SIGHS)

Benedikt says to the bodyguards WELL, BOYS.
(CLEARS THROAT)

At the parking lot, Benedikt says I'LL TRY THIS ONE. BOYS...

The president's bodyguard says I'M COMING WITH YOU.

A man over the car radio says THERE WILL BE PROTESTS
IN THE BREIOHOLT AREA
AT THE HOME OF
THE UKRAINIAN FAMILY
THAT'S GOING TO BE DEPORTED.

Benedikt says CAN YOU
TURN UP THE VOLUME?...

The man over the radio says BUT WAS DENIED
A MEDICAL LICENSE IN ICELAND.
THEREFORE, HER APPLICATION FOR
RESIDENCE HAS BEEN REJECTED.
KARL THORSSON IS THE PRESIDENT
OF THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE.

Benedikt says WHAT DO YOU THINK
ABOUT THIS?

The driver says NOT MY DEPARTMENT.

Another man over the radio says IT'S FOR
THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS.
A LICENSE HERE GIVES YOU
THE LICENSE TO PRACTICE
IN THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA.

Benedikt says NO, NO... (CLEARS THROAT)

The man says IT'S A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
TO ISSUE A LICENSE LIKE THIS.

The Ukrainian woman says I'M GOING TO MISS...
ICELANDIC COFFEE.

Another woman says WELL, IT'S NOT
REALLY ICELANDIC.
IT'S JUST IMPORTED COFFEE.
(EXHALES)
(IN ENGLISH)

The Ukrainian woman says YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
(SNIFFLES)
(SOBS)

The other woman says HAVE YOU FOUND
A PLACE TO STAY?

The Ukrainian woman says I'M WAITING FOR AN ANSWER
FROM MY UNCLE.

The other woman says OKAY.

(PROTESTOR SHOUTING)

A protestor shouts THE DIRECTORATE OF FOREIGNERS
IS BEHAVING LIKE THE GESTAPO!
IS HUMANITY FORBIDDEN?

Protestors chant NO.

Ragna, a reporter, approaches Benedikt as he leaves the car and says WHAT'S THE
PRIME MINISTER'S PART IN THIS?

Another reporter says ARE YOU HERE TO
THROW THEM OUT OF THE COUNTRY?

Benedikt says NO, NOT AT ALL.
HELLO.

A policeman says HELLO.

Benedikt says I HAVE TO SPEAK TO THE FAMILY.

The policeman says WE'RE A BIT BUSY.

Benedikt says SORRY, I'M THE PRIME MINISTER
AND HOLD THE POWER
OF THE PRESIDENCY.
I DEMAND YOU LET ME
TALK TO THE FAMILY.

The policeman says YES...

Benedikt says HELLO. BENEDIKT.

The Ukrainian woman says HI.

Benedikt says HI.

He greets the boy and the other woman, too.

Benedikt says HI.
HELLO.
BENEDIKT.
SHOULDN'T WE GO IN
FOR A CHAT?
WE SHOULD
GO INSIDE AND HAVE A CHAT.

The other woman says IT'S A TYPICAL
"COMPUTER SAYS NO" CASE.
SHE'S A DOCTOR.
SHE CAN'T WORK HERE BECAUSE
HER LICENSE ISN'T ICELANDIC.

Benedikt says IS THAT THE REASON
THEY'RE DEPORTING HER?

The other woman says NOT QUITE, BUT THE HOSPITAL
SUGGESTED THAT SHE COULD REPEAT
THREE YEARS OF HER STUDIES.
BUT SHE HAD TO
TAKE AN ENTRANCE EXAM.
IN ICELANDIC.
WHICH IS RIDICULOUS.
IRINA SAID, "NO PROBLEM."

Benedikt says HOW DID
YOU LEARN ICELANDIC?

Irina says I JUST PRACTICE.

The other woman says AT THE SAME TIME SHE'S WORKING
ALL DAY CLEANING HOTEL ROOMS.

Benedikt says BUT YOU PASSED?

Irina says YES.

The other woman says AND THERE SHE IS,
REPEATING HER STUDIES
BUT HAD TO DECREASE
HER WORKLOAD TO 40 percent,
AND THAT'S WHEN THE DIRECTORATE
OF FOREIGNERS STEPS IN.

Benedikt says WHY?

The other woman says BECAUSE THEN HER WAGES ARE
SO LOW THAT SHE DOESN'T FULFILL
THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
AND THEREFORE LOSES HER RIGHT
TO RESIDE HERE.

Benedikt says THAT'S RIDICULOUS.

The other woman says SHE'S APPEALED,
BUT ACCORDING TO
THE NEW LAWS,
THAT DOESN'T
DELAY THE DEPORTATION.
(SIGHS)

As Benedikt leaves the house, Ragna says BENEDIKT,
WHAT HAPPENED IN THERE?

Benedict sighs and says ISN'T IT STRANGE
HOW WE BUILT A SYSTEM
BASED ON PREJUDICE?
NO. NOT PREJUDICE.
ON APARTHEID.
WE WHO ARE BORN HERE AND THEN
THE OTHERS... (BLOWS RASPBERRY)
AND WE THROW TALENTED PEOPLE OUT
OF THE COUNTRY, EVEN DOCTORS,
EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE
AN URGENT NEED FOR DOCTORS.

Ragna says YES, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Benedikt says WE IN THE GOVERNMENT
HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE THEM
RESIDENT VISAS.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Benedikt says I WANT TO TALK ABOUT
THE DIRECTORATE OF FOREIGNERS.
THE NAME ITSELF
REEKS OF PREJUDICE,
"THE DIRECTORATE
OF FOREIGNERS."
SHOULDN'T IT BE CALLED
THE DIRECTORATE OF IMMIGRATION?
OR THE DIRECTORATE OF RECEPTION?
THINK ABOUT IT.

A reporter says GREAT.

Ragna says IT LOOKS LIKE REMARKABLE CHANGES
HAVE HAPPENED HERE
AS THE PRIME MINISTER
HIMSELF ARRIVED...
(CELL PHONE BEEPS)

(LINE BEEPING)

Hrefna reads an article on line that says "Prime Minister grants resident visa to Ukrainian family."

Hrefna says NO, BENEDIKT!

She calls him.

Benedikt says HI, THERE.

Hrefna says WHAT'S GOING ON?

Benedikt says GOING ON? WHAT?

Hrefna says I MEAN, YOU GAVE
SOME PEOPLE A VISA.

Benedikt says YES.

Hrefna says BUT YOU'RE NOT
ALLOWED TO DO THAT.

Benedikt says HREFNA...
JUST TALK TO SVANHVIT.
SHE'S THE MINISTER
OF THE INTERIOR.

Hrefna says YES, SVANHVIT CAN DO IT...

Benedikt says IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

Hrefna says I KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT,
BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT
TO DO THINGS CORRECTLY.

Benedikt says HREFNA, TALK TO SVANHVIT
FOR ME.

Hrefna says ME?

(LINE DISCONNECTS)

Thorgeir Junior visits Benedikt's office.

Thorgeir Junior says HI.
I DECIDED TO VISIT.

(CHUCKLES)

Benedikt says NICE TO SEE YOU, HAVE A SEAT.

Thorgeir Junior says THANK YOU.

Benedikt says ISN'T KAREN LOOKING FORWARD
TO THE BIRTHDAY PARTY TONIGHT?

Thorgeir Junior says UH, TOMORROW, ACTUALLY.

Benedikt says TOMORROW.
RIGHT.

Thorgeir Junior says THE MEDICAL BOARD MET TO TALK
ABOUT THE UKRAINIAN DOCTOR.
I WAS JUST WONDERING
WHAT YOU WERE THINKING.

Benedikt says YES...
(SPUTTERING)
(CLICKS TONGUE)
GOOD QUESTION.
WHY DO YOU INSIST THAT EDUCATED
DOCTORS REPEAT THEIR STUDIES?

Thorgeir Junior says I'M NOT SURE...

Benedikt says WHO ARE YOU EXCLUDING?

Thorgeir Junior says I THINK THAT'S NOT...

Benedikt says PEOPLE FROM EASTERN EUROPE,
INDIA, CHINA.
EVERYBODY WHO'S NOT PART
OF THE WESTERN HEGEMONY.

Thorgeir Junior says OF COURSE NOT.

Benedikt says HERE WE HAVE A VERY
WELL-EDUCATED DOCTOR.
AND THE SYSTEM SAYS,
"GO AWAY.
"YOU'RE NOT PART OF US."
DO YOU KNOW
WHAT WE CALL THIS?
RACISM.

Thorgeir Junior says QUALITY STANDARDS
ARE NOT RACISM.

Benedikt says THEY CAN BE RACISM.

Thorgeir Junior says IT'S ABOUT ENSURING
THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS
AND PROTECTING
THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.

Benedikt says IS IT DANGEROUS TO HIRE
AN EDUCATED GERONTOLOGIST?

Thorgeir Junior says WHAT IF SHE DOESN'T
SPEAK ICELANDIC?

Benedikt says DOESN'T SPEAK ICELANDIC.
THORGEIR...
THE BODY ISN'T IN ICELANDIC.
ONLY 300,000 PEOPLE
SPEAK ICELANDIC.
REALLY, NOBODY
SPEAKS ICELANDIC.
IF THE BODY HAD A LANGUAGE,
IT MIGHT BE SPANISH
OR RUSSIAN... NO!
IT'S IN LATIN.

Thorgeir Junior says BENEDIKT, THINK ABOUT PRECEDENT.

Benedikt says HMM.

Benedict starts playing some notes on the piano.

(PLAYS PIANO)

Thorgeir Junior says OPENING THE COUNTRY
TO ALL UKRAINIAN DOCTORS?
(PLAYS DISCORDANT NOTE)

Benedikt says THORGEIR.

Thorgeir Junior says WE'D GET THOUSANDS
OF APPLICATIONS,
AND WE CAN'T DISCRIMINATE.
YOU'RE ENCOURAGING THOUSANDS
OF DOCTORS TO MOVE HERE.

Benedikt says LISTEN.
THE WHOLE OF
THE 20TH CENTURY,
90 percent OF DOCTORS RETURNED HOME
AFTER STUDYING A SPECIALTY.
IN THE LAST TEN YEARS... 40 percent.
40 percent. 40 percent.
FORTY.
THERE'S A SHORTAGE OF MANPOWER
IN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM,
AND I CAN FIX IT
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.
LET'S JUST OPEN UP
AND SAVE THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.
HUMANITY. IT PAYS.

Thorgeir Junior says BENEDIKT, HOW ARE YOU
DEALING WITH THE PRESSURE?

Benedikt says FINE.

Thorgeir Junior says DO YOU SLEEP AND...

Benedikt says SURE. WELL, YEAH...
ICELAND DOESN'T SLEEP.

Thorgeir Junior says YES, BUT... YOU COULD TRY
TO SLEEP A LITTLE.

(BENEDIKT CHUCKLES)

Benedikt says DO NOT DISTURB THE WAKING MEN.

Thorgeir Junior says WHAT?

Benedikt says "THE WAKING MEN'S MINDS
WANDER WIDELY,
"NEW WORLDS OPEN
WHEN NIGHT FALLS,
"DO NOT DISTURB THE WAKING MEN
WHO STARE INTO THE DARKNESS.
"THERE THEY SIT
AND SEE THE WHOLE WORLD.
"THE SPIRIT FLIES THROUGH
ITS UNMEASURED SPACE,
"THE EARTH BECOMES TRANSPARENT
"AND THE DARKNESS
LIGHTS THEIR WAY."
A POEM BY DAVIO STEFANSSON.

Thorgeir Junior says I SEE.

Benedikt says OH. I HAVE TO
GO TO A MEETING.
I'LL SEE YOU.

Thorgeir Junior sighs.

Hrefna knocks on Svanhvit's office door and says GOOD MORNING.
HI.

Svanhvit says WHAT?

Hrefna says SO...
THE UKRAINIAN FAMILY...

Svanhvit says RIGHT, THE ONE
THE PRIME MINISTER
GRANTED A VISA
WITHOUT ASKING ME?

Hrefna says RIGHT. IS THAT A PROBLEM?

Svanhvit says IT'S RIDICULOUS.

Hrefna says HE TOLD THE MEDIA AND...

Svanhvit says I DON'T CARE.
THE PRIME MINISTER
CAN'T TAKE POWERS
FROM OTHERS IN GOVERNMENT.

Hrefna says THERE ARE PRECEDENTS...

Svanhvit says AREN'T YOU A LAWYER?

Hrefna says YES.

Svanhvit says THEN YOU UNDERSTAND
IT'S RIDICULOUS.

Hrefna says JUST SO I UNDERSTAND...
YOU'RE NOT GOING TO
HELP THE PRIME MINISTER?

Svanhvit says LOOK.
HELP OR NOT,
I HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LAW.

Hrefna says OKAY.

(WHISTLING TUNE)

Valgerdur says CAN YOU TELL ME
WHAT'S GOING ON?

Grimur says REGARDING?

Valgerdur says THE UKRAINIANS.
I LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT.
I TOLD THE MEDIA THIS MORNING
THAT THE SYSTEM COULDN'T
ALLOW SPECIAL TREATMENT.

Grimur says THAT'S TRUE, IT CAN'T.

Valgerdur says YES?

Grimur says I'LL SPEAK TO BENEDIKT.

Steinnun says IT'S LIKE HAVING A BIRTHDAY
PARTY IN A PALACE.
ISN'T IT NICE?

Karen says YES.

Steinnun says THE MUSICIAN WANTS TO PRACTICE.

Karen says WOW.

Karen sits at the piano, plays and sings.

(PLAYING)
(SINGING)

A waiter starts singing an opera song.

Karen says WHAT ARE YOU SINGING?

The waiter says AN HUNGARIAN OPERETTA
THAT ICELANDERS BORROWED.
(CHUCKLES)
(KAREN PLAYING PIANO
AND SINGING)

Thorgeir Junior says HEY, CAN I TALK TO YOU?

Steinnun says YES.
(THORGEIR JR. CLEARS THROAT)

Steinnun says WHAT'S GOING ON?

Thorgeir Junior says STEINUNN, I KNOW IT SOUNDS
RIDICULOUS, BUT...
CAN YOU POSTPONE
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY?

Steinnun says WHY?

Thorgeir Junior says I VISITED BENEDIKT AND...
(SIGHS) I THINK WE HAVE TO
TAKE CARE OF HIM.

Steinnun says DO YOU REALLY WANT TO DISCUSS
THIS ON MY BIRTHDAY?

Thorgeir Junior says YES.
HE HAS DIFFICULTY
WITH PRESSURE AND...
I THINK THIS IS NOT...

Steinnun says THORGEIR.
I DISCUSSED THE INCIDENT
IN THE UK WITH HIM.
HE BROKE DOWN WHILE STUDYING.
IT'S COMPLETELY NORMAL.

Thorgeir Junior says STEINUNN, I WAS THERE.
IT WASN'T NORMAL.
HE NEEDS HELP. I CAN'T
STAND BY AND WATCH WHILE...
(SIGHS) I SWORE AN OATH
TO HELP ALL MY PATIENTS...

Steinnun says PATIENTS?

Thorgeir Junior says STEINUNN.

Steinnun says THIS HAS NOTHING
TO DO WITH YOU.

Thorgeir Junior says HE'S BIPOLAR.
OKAY.
IT WASN'T AN UNANIMOUS
DIAGNOSIS, BUT...
I'M JUST SAYING
WE SHOULDN'T INCREASE
THE PRESSURE ON HIM RIGHT NOW.

Steinnun says I KNOW THAT
YOU AND DAD HAVE
SOME OPINIONS ABOUT BENEDIKT
AND EVERYTHING ELSE,
BUT CAN I PLEASE CELEBRATE
MY BIRTHDAY IN PEACE?

Thorgeir Junior says THIS ISN'T ABOUT
SOME SHITTY PARTY!

Karen says HI.

Thorgeir Junior says HI, HONEY.

Karen says EVERYTHING'S READY.

Thorgeir Junior says READY?

Karen says I'M GOING TO SING
AND BENEDIKT IS GOING TO PLAY.
(THORGEIR JR. WINCES)

Thorgeir Junior says MY LOVE, DO YOU REALLY WANT
TO GO TO A PARTY FOR ADULTS?

Karen says YES. I'VE BEEN PRACTICING.
I'LL THINK

Thorgeir Junior says YOU'LL BE VERY BORED.

Karen says NO, I'M GOING TO ENJOY IT.

Steinunn kisses her on the forehead and says IT WILL BE FUN.
COME WITH ME.

On the phone, Benedikt says HELLO, CAPTAIN.

Grimur says HAVE YOU FIXED THINGS
FOR THE UKRAINIANS?

Benedikt says YES, WE'RE DOING IT.

Grimur says GREAT.
IT'S GREAT THAT WE CAN DO THINGS
FOR PEOPLE THAT NEED IT.

Benedikt says IT'S WHAT WE PROMISED.

Grimur says EXACTLY.
SO, ARE WE GOING TO
GIVE THEM A VISA?

Benedikt says YES.
ISN'T IT RIGHT TO DO SO?
I THINK SO.

Grimur says IF THAT DOESN'T WORK, YOU CAN
PUT A PROVISIONAL LAW IN EFFECT
SINCE YOU HOLD
THE PRESIDENT'S POWER.

Benedikt says YES.
I'LL TALK TO YOU LATER.
WHAT DID SVANHVIT SAY?

Hrefna says IT DOESN'T WORK.

Benedikt says BUT I PUT AN EMPHASIS ON IT.

Hrefna says SVANHVIT SAYS NO WAY.

Benedikt says SHE CAN'T PUT THIS TO BED
LIKE THE CHURCH THING.
WHY DIDN'T YOU
TELL ME RIGHT AWAY?

Hrefna says I JUST ARRIVED.

Benedikt says YES.
WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
(SIGHS)

Benedikt says I DON'T KNOW.

WE HAVE TO FIND A SOLUTION.

Hrefna says YES.
THE ONLY OTHER SOLUTION IS
CALLING PARLIAMENT TOGETHER
AND APPROVING A LAW
GRANTING THEM CITIZENSHIP.

Benedikt says NO.

Gudny, Hrefna's mother, covers Sindri's eyes and says ARE YOU READY?
TA-DA!

The boy says A NEW BED.

Gudny says MMM-HMM.

The boy says DO I LIVE HERE NOW?

Gudny says MMM-HMM.
WANT TO TRY IT?

He jumps on the bed.

(GUDNY LAUGHING)
(CELL PHONE VIBRATING)

Hrefna says HI, MOM.

Sindri says ARE YOU COMING HOME?

(SIGHS)

Hrefna says says NO, NOT RIGHT AWAY.
MOM'S AT WORK.
I HAVE TO FINISH
A LOT OF THINGS.

Sindri says MY GRANDMOTHER BOUGHT
A BED FOR ME TODAY.

Hrefna says REALLY?
CAN I TALK TO HER?

Sindri says SHE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU.

Gudny says MMM-HMM.
HELLO, MY LOVE.

Hrefna says DID YOU BUY A BED
FOR SINDRI?

Gudny says YES. I FOUND A GREAT
USED BED ON THE INTERNET.

Hrefna says THE INTERNET? USED?

Gudny says IT'S A GREAT BED,
AND HE NEEDS A GOOD BED
SINCE YOU'RE GOING TO STAY HERE.

Hrefna says I DON'T KNOW IF WE'RE
GOING TO STAY WITH YOU.

Gudny says YOU'VE BEEN SAYING THAT
FOR WEEKS.
HE NEEDS A BED.

Hrefna says YES.
THANK YOU, MOM.

Gudny says OKAY. BYE.

(MUSIC PLAYING)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Hrefna meets Ottar at a bar.

(HREFNA CHUCKLES)

Hrefna says HI.

Ottar says HI.

Hrefna says OKAY.
GUESS WHAT I JUST DID.

Ottar says YOU WERE...

Hrefna says I JUST RENTED AN APARTMENT.

Ottar says REALLY?

Hrefna says MMM-HMM.

Ottar says GREAT.

Hrefna says YES. (CHUCKLES)

Ottar says CONGRATULATIONS.

Hrefna says THANK YOU.

Ottar says SHOULDN'T WE CELEBRATE?
EXCUSE ME.
TWO GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE.

THAT'S BIG NEWS.

(SIGHS)

Hrefna says IT'LL BE GREAT.

Ottar says THANK YOU.

Hrefna says CHEERS.

Ottar says CHEERS.
(DOOR OPENING)

In the bathroom, Steinunn looks at her growing belly and smiles.

Benedict walks in the kitchen and says HELLO!
(BENEDIKT SCATTING)

Benedikt says I WANT COFFEE.
I'LL GET COFFEE.
(MIMICS PLAYING GUITAR)
POW.
(SNARLS)

Steinunn walks in the kitchen.

Benedikt says HOW IS THE FIRST LADY?

Steinnun says WASN'T IT QUEEN?

Benedikt says YOU'VE BEEN DEMOTED.
JOKE. YOU'RE MY QUEEN.
I INVITED A FEW UKRAINIANS
TO YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY.

Steinnun says WHAT?

Benedikt says WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM
A WARM WELCOME.
INVITE THEM TO PARTIES.

Steinnun says AND DO WE HAVE TO USE
MY BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THAT?

Benedikt says MAYBE I SHOULD INVITE
ALL REFUGEES IN ICELAND
TO THE PARTY?

Steinnun says RIGHT...

Benedikt says YES!
WE CAN AFFORD IT.

MMM-HMM.
BOTH AS A FAMILY
AND AS A NATION.

Steinnun says LISTEN, I'VE BEEN THINKING.
I'M KIND OF SICK,
AND I DON'T KNOW
IF I HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY
FOR A PARTY RIGHT NOW.
WE SHOULD CANCEL IT,
OR AT LEAST DELAY.

Benedict chuckles and says COME HERE.

Steinnun says SERIOUSLY.

Benedikt says SIT.
CAN I ASK YOU ONE THING?
IS IT HORMONES?

Steinnun says YES.

Benedikt says YES.

Steinnun says I'M SURE IT'S HORMONES.

Benedikt says YOU HAVE TO REST.

Steinnun says MMM-HMM.

Benedikt says TAKE CARE.
YOU CAN'T DRINK COFFEE.
WOW, YOU'RE GETTING
A LITTLE BABY BUMP.
A LITTLE BELLY-TIME.
WE DON'T KNOW
IF YOU'RE A BOY OR A GIRL,
BUT WE SUSPECT
YOU'RE ONE OF THE TWO.
AND I'M THINKING ABOUT
NAMES, AND MAYBE
FRIOBJORN, IF IT'S A BOY.
OR...
KYRRTHEY, IF IT'S A GIRL.
I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THAT.
I FIND IT BEAUTIFUL.
IT'S UNUSUAL...

Steinnun says I THINK IT'S TOO MUCH
RIGHT NOW.

(CELL PHONE RINGING)

Steinnun says PLEASE, DON'T ANSWER.
CAN I TALK?

Benedict takes the call and says THORGEIR.

Karen says NO, IT'S KAREN.

Benedikt says HOW IS MY FAVORITE KAREN?

Karen says GOOD.
IS STEINUNN THERE?

Benedikt says YES, OKAY...
WAIT. BYE.

Karen says BYE, BENNI.
(BENEDIKT SINGING)

Steinnun says HELLO, MY DEAR.

Karen says WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO WEAR FOR THE BIRTHDAY PARTY?

Steinnun says A DRESS, I THINK.

Karen says GREAT. ME, TOO.

Steinnun says OKAY, GOOD NIGHT.

Karen says GOOD NIGHT.

Steinnun says GET SOME REST.

Karen says I WILL. BYE, STEINUNN.
BYE, MY LOVE...

Steinnun looks as Benedikt leaves the coffee maker unsupervised and the coffee spills over.

At the bar, Hrefna says HE STANDS THERE ON STAGE
AND I HOLD THE SPEECH FOR HIM...

Ottar says ARE YOU JOKING? (CHUCKLES)

Hrefna says AND HE JUST NAILED IT.
NOTHING WRITTEN DOWN.

Ottar says HE'S RATHER UNPREDICTABLE,
ISN'T HE?

Hrefna says YOU KNOW, NO.
WELL, YES. HE'S JUST BRILLIANT.

Ottar says EXACTLY.

The bartender says SORRY,
WE'RE CLOSING.

Hrefna says YES. I'LL PAY.

Ottar says YOU?

Hrefna says YES.

Ottar says SURE?

Hrefna says YOU PAID FOR THE HOT DOG.

Ottar says I DID.

Hrefna leaves a receipt on the counter.

Ottar says WHOA.
HMM.
WHAT'S THIS?

Hrefna says IT'S YOUR BOSS'S BIRTHDAY.

Ottar says WAS THE STATE PAYING
70,000 FOR FLOWERS?

Hrefna says YES. BENEDIKT WILL FIX IT.
ARE YOU COMING
TO THE BIRTHDAY PARTY?

Ottar says STEINUNN'S PARTY?

Ottar chuckles and says NO...
I DON'T THINK
SHE INVITED ANY STAFF.

Hrefna says OKAY.
YOU CAN BE MY DATE.

Ottar says ARE WE DATING?
(CHUCKLES)

Hrefna says AREN'T WE ON A DATE?

They kiss.

Benedikt asks his dog says WHO SHOULD BE
MINISTER OF INDUSTRY?
(SIGHS)
IT WOULD BE BEST
IF I COULD MAKE YOU MINISTER.
YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT INDUSTRY.
YOU KNOW THEM SO WELL.
(CHUCKLING)
SHOULD WE SING TOGETHER?
WANT TO SING FOR THE PRESIDENT?
(SINGING)

(CELL PHONE RINGING)

A woman over the phone says THE DIRECTORATE OF
FOREIGNERS CALLED.

Benedikt says WHAT?

The woman says THE POLICE IS DEPORTING THEM
TOMORROW MORNING.

Benedikt says DON'T THEY RESPECT THE POWERS
OF THE PRESIDENCY?

He knocks on Svanhvit's door.

Benedikt says GOOD MORNING.

Svanhvit says WHAT'S GOING ON?

Benedikt says THEY'RE DEPORTING IRINA
AND ANATOLY.
YOU CAN STOP IT.

Svanhvit says BENEDIKT, ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

Benedikt says YES, I'M FINE.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
ANYWAY, THEY AREN'T FINE.
AND IT'S YOUR MINISTRY.

Svanhvit says I KNOW IT'S VERY TRAGIC,
AND I HATE THAT
THEY'RE DEPORTING GOOD PEOPLE,
BUT I CAN'T DO ANYTHING.
I'M BOUND BY LAW
AND IT'S 4:30 IN THE MORNING.
CAN WE DISCUSS IT TOMORROW?

Benedikt says NO, WE'LL DO IT NOW.

Svanhvit says YOU CAN'T TAKE THIS PERSONALLY.
LET'S DO IT PROFESSIONALLY.

Benedikt says WE HAVE TO MAKE IT PERSONAL.
OTHERWISE WE'RE JUST MACHINES.
EVERY PERSON MATTERS.

Svanhvit says OKAY.
PUT IT ON THE PARLIAMENT'S
SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT SESSION.
THEN THEY CAN BECOME CITIZENS
AND COME BACK HOME.
I HAVE TO...

Benedikt says GO BACK TO SLEEP, THEN.
COME ON. (CLICKS TONGUE)

He knocks in his office building.

A man says GOOD EVENING.

Benedikt says GOOD MORNING.
COME ON. (CLICKS TONGUE)

He walks in with the dog.

He writes a statement that says "THE PRESIDENT OF ICELAND
DECLARES,
"THE PRIME MINISTER HAS TOLD ME
THAT IT IS URGENT AND NECESSARY
"TO GIVE AN UKRAINIAN FAMILY
CITIZENSHIP
"TO MAKE SURE
IT GETS AN OPPORTUNITY
"TO BECOME PART OF
ICELANDIC SOCIETY.
"THEREFORE, I PUT IN EFFECT
THIS PROVISIONAL LAW.
"ARTICLE ONE. IRINA KOSAK,
BORN 1979 IN UKRAINE,
"ANATOLY KOSAK,
BORN 2010 IN UKRAINE,
"WILL BECOME CITIZENS
OF ICELAND.
"ARTICLE TWO. THIS LAW
TAKES EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.
"THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE,
SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2020."

He walks outside and he sees King Christian the 9th's statue turn to him and nod at him.

He reads the statement to Irina and her family and says THEY ARE ICELANDIC CITIZENS.
YOU HAVE NO STANDING HERE.
CONGRATULATIONS!

(IRINA CHUCKLES)
(BENEDIKT CHUCKLES)

Benedikt says LET'S HAVE SOME COFFEE.
(CELL PHONE CHIMES)

Later, Hrefna walks in Benedikt's office and says OKAY, I KNOW
IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE,
(CHUCKLES)
BUT HOW DID YOU DO IT?

Benedikt says I PUT A PROVISIONAL LAW
IN EFFECT
AS PRIME MINISTER
AND ACTING PRESIDENT.

Hrefna says AND WHO SIGNED THE LAW?

Benedikt says I DID.

Hrefna says AND?

Benedikt says JUST ME.

Hrefna says NOBODY ELSE?

Benedikt says NO.

Hrefna says CAN I SEE THE PAPERS?
HAVE YOU SENT IT?

Benedikt says I'M JUST SENDING IT
TO THE PUBLISHER.

Hrefna says DON'T DO IT.
IT'S INVALID.

Benedikt says BUT I'M ACTING PRESIDENT.

Hrefna says YES.

Hrefna says YOU, THE SPEAKER
AND THE CHIEF JUSTICE.
TOGETHER.
TWO OUT OF THE THREE OF YOU
HAVE TO SIGN.
YOU'RE BREAKING
THE CONSTITUTION.

Benedikt says OF COURSE NOT.

Grimur says GRIMUR WILL SIGN.

Hrefna says IT'S ILLEGAL
TO DO IT AFTERWARDS.

Benedikt says WHAT? HE WON'T TELL.
WE CAN TRUST GRIMUR. I DON'T
TRUST ANYONE MORE THAN HIM.
DON'T YOU AGREE?

In his office, Thorgeir Senior says HE'S GONE CRAZY.

Eggert says DIDN'T YOU SAY THAT
SVANHVIT WOULD NEVER
AGREE TO IT?

Grimur says RELAX, BOYS.

Thorgeir Senior says RELAX?

Grimur says THE LAW IS INVALID.

Eggert says WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Grimur says SVANHVIT DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.
HE'S USING THE POWER
OF THE PRESIDENCY,
BUT HE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT
TWO SIGNATURES. HIS OWN...
AND MINE OR THE CHIEF JUSTICE'S.
HE'S ONLY GOT HIS OWN.

Thorgeir Senior says DOES HE REALLY NOT KNOW THAT?

Grimur says HE JUST REALIZED.
HE CALLED ME SEVEN TIMES
IN THREE MINUTES.

Eggert says AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Grimur says LOOK.
THIS IS THE SITUATION.
THE PRIME MINISTER IS ISOLATED
AND HAS BROKEN THE CONSTITUTION.
THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
GO TO THE MEDIA
AND TELL THE NATION.

Eggert says WHY DON'T YOU DO IT?

Grimur says EGGERT...
YOU NEED IT.
HE JUST FIRED YOU.

Thorgeir Senior says I AGREE WITH GRIMUR.
IF YOU STOP IT...
EVERYBODY WILL SEE YOU'RE
THE LEADER THE PARTY NEEDS.

Grimur says TALK TO SVANHVIT...
AND I'LL PREPARE THE PARTY
FOR A NEW LEADER.

Benedict knocks on Larus' office door.

Larus says YES.

Benedikt says GOOD MORNING.

Larus says GOOD MORNING, MINISTER.

Benedikt says HELLO.

Larus says HELLO.

Benedikt says THANK YOU FOR RECEIVING ME
ON SUCH SHORT NOTICE.

Larus says NO PROBLEM.

Benedikt says LISTEN...
LAWS ABOUT CITIZENSHIP
FOR THE UKRAINIAN DOCTOR
AND HER SON FROM THIS MORNING.

Larus says RIGHT.

Benedikt says I NEED YOU TO SIGN IT.

Larus says THE LAW YOU PUT IN EFFECT
WITHOUT GETTING THE GO-AHEAD
FROM THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT.
AND DIDN'T PRESENT IT
TO PARLIAMENT.

Benedikt says YES.
PARLIAMENT ISN'T IN SESSION.

Larus says EVERYTHING IS WRONG
ABOUT THIS.
THE CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN
TO STOP THIS KIND OF THING.

Benedikt says BUT THE CONSTITUTION
ALLOWS PROVISIONAL LAWS.

Larus says YES, WHEN IT'S NECESSARY
AND URGENT.

Benedikt says HUMANITY IS NECESSARY
AND URGENT, LARUS.

Larus says NOT AS THE LAW SEES IT.

Benedikt says DON'T WE HAVE TO
REVIEW THE LAW, THEN?

Larus says THE CONCEPT?

Benedikt says IF WE DON'T HAVE
SPACE FOR HUMANITY
IN THIS BUREAUCRATIC MONSTER...
DON'T WE NEED NEW WAYS
TO RUN THINGS?

Larus says I CAN'T HELP YOU.

Benedikt says LARUS, I'VE MET THEM.
THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE. SHE IS
A VERY INTELLIGENT DOCTOR.
HE'S LIKE A YOUNG
VIKING CHIEFTAIN.
THEY ARE GOOD CITIZENS.

Larus says MMM-HMM.

Benedikt says HE MIGHT BE
THE NEXT NOBEL LAUREATE.
WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE THAT.
THEY'RE GOING TO BUY MILK,
CREAM AND SO ON.
THEY'RE GOING TO LIFT SOCIETY.
WE CAN'T LET A DETAIL
LIKE A SIGNATURE STOP US.
WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER.
PLEASE...
SIGN. I'M JUST WORKING
FOR JUSTICE.

Larus says SO AM I.
BUT THERE'S NO JUSTICE
IN BREAKING THE LAW
WHEN IT SUITS YOU.

Benedikt says LARUS.

He storms out.

The police take the Ukrainian family back for deportation.

On the phone, Benedikt says HREFNA, IT DIDN'T WORK.

Hrefna says THE POLICE ARE TAKING THEM
TO THE AIRPORT.
THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LAW.

Benedikt says WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.

Hrefna says DID YOU CALL GRIMUR?

Benedikt says YES, BUT HE DOESN'T ANSWER.

Hrefna says I'LL TRY.

Benedikt says DO THAT!
WHY HAVEN'T YOU DONE THAT?

Hrefna says I...

(DISCONNECTS)

A radio host says THIS IS THE 3:00 NEWS.
THE PRIME MINISTER HAS PUT
A PROVISIONAL LAW IN EFFECT
GRANTING CITIZENSHIP
TO AN UKRAINIAN FAMILY,
GOING AGAINST THE DECISION OF
THE DIRECTORATE OF FOREIGNERS.
WE HAVE EGGERT EINARSSON, MEMBER
OF PARLIAMENT, HERE WITH US.
YOU STATE THAT THE LAW
IS INVALID. WHY?

Eggert says YES, THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED
IN ICELANDIC HISTORY.
THE PRIME MINISTER
MADE A LAW ON HIS OWN,
IN THE NAME OF THE PRESIDENT.
HE BROKE THE CONSTITUTION.
I NOTIFIED THE DIRECTORATE
OF FOREIGNERS,
AND IT REACTED IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE VALID LAW.
THEN WE HAVE TO WONDER
IF WE WANT A PRIME MINISTER
WHO BREAKS LAWS.

The radio host says WAIT, ARE YOU SAYING
THAT THE PRIME MINISTER
IS GUILTY OF A CRIME?

Eggert says YES. I'M SAYING THAT.
EGGERT, YOU WERE JUST FIRED
FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

The host says AREN'T YOU BIASED?

Eggert says THAT DOESN'T MATTER.
WHAT MATTERS IS THAT
THERE IS ONE PERSON
WHO TRIED TO BE
ABOVE THE SYSTEM.
WE CAN'T RUN
A COUNTRY LIKE THAT.
THE LAW IS INVALID...
AND THE DIRECTORATE
OF FOREIGNERS
CAN'T ACT ACCORDING TO IT.

The host says EGGERT EINARSSON, THANK YOU.

Eggert says THANKS.

The host says ON TO THE NEXT MATTER,
THE TREATY OF THE LEADERSHIP
COMMITTEE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
ON WHO SHOULD BE APPOINTED
THE HEAD OF THE EU
FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS
HAS LEFT MANY OF THE MEMBERS OF
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT WITH...

Hrefna walks in Grimur's house and says ARE YOU HERE?
BENEDIKT CALLED YOU, LIKE,
A HUNDRED TIMES.

Grimur says I WAS WAITING FOR YOU.

Hrefna says LET'S NOT MAKE IT PERSONAL.
IT'S ABOUT THE PARTY.
WE ALL LOOK LIKE IDIOTS.

Grimur says YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND A THING.

Hrefna says I DO.
YOU'RE GETTING REVENGE.

Grimur says NO.
RIGHT NOW THERE IS A COUP
GOING ON IN THE PARTY.
EGGERT IS GOING TO OVERTHROW
BENEDIKT AND TAKE OVER.

Hrefna says NO SHIT.

Grimur says I TOLD HIM THE LAW WAS INVALID
AND SENT HIM TO THE MEDIA.

Hrefna says GRIMUR...
THIS IS LOUSY...

Grimur says GIVE IT TO ME.

As he signs the document, he says WE PUBLISH THIS...
I TELL THE NATION THAT THE LAW
WAS VALID THE WHOLE TIME.
SO EGGERT'S GONE.

Hrefna says I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS.
IT WAS YOU THAT...

Grimur says I JUST GOT RID OF EGGERT
AND SAVED YOU TWO.

Hrefna says SAVED US?

Grimur says I'M DOING IT FOR YOU BECAUSE
YOU'RE IN A BAD POSITION.

Hrefna says I AM?

Grimur says I THINK BENEDIKT'S TIME IS UP.

He sighs and says I...
I'M GIVING YOU TIME TO REACT.
GET OUT AHEAD OF HIM.

Hrefna says LET'S JUST DEAL WITH THIS MESS
RIGHT NOW.
THEN EVERYTHING
WILL CALM DOWN.
(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

At the party, Steinunn tries to reach benedict on the phone.

Rikardur WHERE IS HE?

Karen brings her flowers and says CONGRATULATIONS.

Steinnun says THANK YOU.

Karen says WHEN AM I GOING TO SING?

Steinnun says WE'RE WAITING FOR BENEDIKT.

Karen says SHOULD I CALL HIM?

Steinnun says NO, LISTEN. HE'LL COME SOON.

Karen says OKAY.

Steinnun says COME ON. I'M LOOKING FORWARD
TO HEARING YOU SING.

Benedict, Grimur, and Hrefna chase the Ukrainian family to the airport.

Benedikt says SORRY.

Grimur says THANK YOU.

Benedikt says WHERE DO WE GO?

Hrefna says UH, UPSTAIRS.

The flight attendant says to a passenger ENJOY THE FLIGHT.

The passenger says THANK YOU.

Irina gives her her passport and says GOOD MORNING.

The flight attendant says GOOD MORNING.

Benedikt says IRINA.
(CHUCKLES)
SORRY.
(PANTING)
I'VE GOT GOOD NEWS.
YOU'RE ICELANDIC CITIZENS.

Irina says NO, NO. NOT AGAIN.

Benedikt says WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Irina says I CAN'T HANDLE
ANY MORE DISAPPOINTMENT.

Benedikt says IT'S ALL CLEAR NOW.

Irina says YOU KNOW,
IT'S SO DIFFICULT.
IT'S VERY BAD JOKE.

Benedikt says THIS SOULLESS SYSTEM
MAKES TROUBLE FOR EVERYONE...

Irina says BENEDIKT...
(IN ENGLISH) PLEASE.
(IN ICELANDIC)
I WATCHED THE NEWS ALL DAY...
AND NOW I KNOW WE ARE NOT
GOING TO BE ICELANDERS.

Benedikt says YOU ARE.

Irina says NO.
I UNDERSTAND.
YOU WANT TO HELP.
AND I UNDERSTAND...
YOU CAN'T DO IT.
SO, PLEASE,
IT'S SO DIFFICULT FOR US.
(VOICE BREAKING)
WE ARE NOT TOYS, YOU KNOW.
WE ARE HUMAN.
(STUTTERING)

Benedikt says LISTEN.
THIS IS HALLGRIMUR.
HE'S THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT.
HE SIGNED THE LAWS WITH ME.
THEY'RE VALID.
YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE.
EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TO TURN
EVERYTHING UPSIDE DOWN.
YOU ARE ICELANDIC.

He hands in the paper to one of the police officers.

The police officer looks at her and nods.

(SOBS)

Irina says OH.
(CONTINUES SOBBING)

She hugs Benedikt.

(SPEAKING IN RUSSIAN)

Later, Irina's son teaches Benedikt some words in Russian.

Benedikt says YES.
(BENEDIKT CHUCKLES)
OKAY, "ASI HAS A LOCK."

Over the phone, Ottar says WASN'T I GOING TO
PICK YOU UP AT THE OFFICE?

Hrefna says SORRY, I WAS DELAYED.

Ottar says OKAY. I'M OUTSIDE.

Hrefna says SHOULDN'T WE MEET
AT THE PARTY?

Ottar says OKAY, I'LL SEE YOU THERE.

Hrefna says OKAY, BYE.

Outside the airport, Ragna says HERE IS THE PRIME MINISTER.

Benedikt says NOW WE HAVE
TWO MORE ICELANDERS.
COME ON. (CHUCKLES)

Ragna says HERE IS HALLGRIMUR TOMASSON.
IS IT TRUE THEY HAVE
ICELANDIC CITIZENSHIP?

Grimur says I CAN ONLY TELL YOU THE LAW
WAS VALID THE WHOLE TIME.
THE NATION WITNESSED
A VERY UGLY POLITICAL GAME
BY EGGERT EINARSSON.

Ragna says DO YOU MEAN
EGGERT WAS LYING?

Grimur says YES.
AND THIS INNOCENT FAMILY
BECAME A VICTIM OF HIS LIES.

Eggert sees the interview at home and exhales.

(EGGERT EXHALES)

Grimur says I SIGNED THE LAWS
WITH PRIDE LAST NIGHT
BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO
TREAT EVERYONE WELL,
BOTH ICELANDERS AND FOREIGNERS.

Ragna says THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

Benedikt says GRIMUR.

Benedikt says THANK YOU.

Grimur says NO PROBLEM.

Benedikt says I KNEW IT.
YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

Grimur says WHAT?

Benedikt says AS SPEAKER.
YOU'RE A GREAT SPEAKER.
I'M SO HAPPY.
MY IDEA WAS BRILLIANT.
I KNEW YOU'D BE GREAT.
(CHUCKLES)

Grimur says YES, YOU KNEW IT.

(CAR DOOR CLOSES)

Ottar arrives at the party bearing flowers and says HI. CONGRATULATIONS.

Steinnun says THANK YOU.
I DIDN'T KNOW
I INVITED THE NEWSROOM.

Ottar says NO. I'M WITH HREFNA.

Steinnun says SHE'S NOT HERE EITHER.

Ottar says NO, SHE'S ON HER WAY.

(HORN HONKING)

Karen says HE'S HERE!

Steinnun sees through the window that Benedikts arrives with the Ukrainian family.

(BENEDIKT CHUCKLES)

He walks in the house and says GOOD EVENING.
(CHUCKLES) WELCOME!
HI, MY DARLING.

He hugs Karen.

He kisses Steinunn and says MY LOVE.
(BENEDIKT MOANING)

Benedikt says SORRY I'M LATE.
I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO...
BRAND NEW CITIZENS.
ANATOLY AND IRINA.

Steinnun says HELLO.

Irina says HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Steinnun says THANK YOU.

Hrefna walks in and says I'M SORRY.

Ottar says IT WAS TERRIBLE.

Hrefna says WHAT?

Ottar says I DIDN'T HAVE A GIFT.
YES, I HAD FLOWERS
I BOUGHT AT A GAS STATION.
BUT SHE LOOKED LIKE
I WAS GIVING HER SLIME.

Hrefna says SORRY.

Benedikt says IT'S NOT EVERY DAY
THE QUEEN TURNS
40 YEARS OLD...
AND I WANT TO QUOTE HANNES HAFSTEIN,
THE FIRST MINISTER
OF ICELAND,
HE HAD THIS SHACK BUILT.
AND HE SAID... YES.
"FROM A CRYSTAL GLASS,
I DRANK GOLDEN WINE.
"AND JOY KISSED MY LIPS,
"IN A DARING GAME
MY SOUL DANCED
"LIKE A HALF-NAKED WOMAN."
CHEERS.
OR AS WE SAY IN UKRAINE...

(IRINA SPEAKS UKRAINIAN)
(LAUGHS)

Benedikt says CHEERS.
(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

Grimur and Ottar meet at the restroom.

Grimur says HELLO.

Ottar says HI.

Grimur says YOU'RE ALWAYS WRITING
ABOUT POLITICS, RIGHT?

Ottar says YES, THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.
SOMEBODY HAS TO
KEEP AN EYE ON YOU.

Grimur says IF YOU WANT
A STORY THAT MATTERS,
I WOULD LOOK INTO BENEDIKT.

Ottar says OH?

Grimur says THE LAW STATES THAT MINISTERS
MUST BE OF SOUND MIND.

Ottar chuckles, then turns serious and says WHAT?

Grimur says IT COULD BE INTERESTING TO
CHECK IF HE HAS A STORY.
OR HIS FAMILY.
IT'S INHERITED.

Ottar walks out.

Hrefna says IS EVERYTHING OKAY?

Ottar nervously nods.

(GLASSES CLINKING)

Benedikt says PLEASE, PLEASE.
(COUGHS)

Benedikt says IF THERE IS SOMEONE
WHO STEINUNN LOVES MORE THAN ME,
THEN IT IS THIS
LITTLE FAIRY, THIS JEWEL,
A DREAM, A CUTIE. KAREN!
SHE'S GOING TO
SING SOMETHING FOR US.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SING?

He sits at the piano.

Karen says I'M HOME.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEINUNN.
(ALL LAUGH)

Benedikt says ARE YOU READY?

Karen says YES.
(SINGING)

Benedikt plays and Karen sings.

Benedict joins her.

(BOTH SINGING)

Then Benedikt overpowers Karen's singing and she stops. He keeps raising the volume. Karen gets scared and runs to her mum.

Benedikt says AND EVERYBODY SING!
(DISTORTING)

Everyone looks embarrassed.

(BENEDIKT PLAYING PIANO)

Later, Benedikt and Steinunn are alone in the salon.

Steinnun closes the piano.

Benedikt says WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Steinnun says THIS CAN'T GO ON.

Benedikt says WHAT?

Steinnun says I KNOW YOU'RE UNDER
A LOT OF PRESSURE,
BUT YOU'VE STOPPED LISTENING
TO EVERYTHING I SAY.

Benedict scoffs and says STEINUNN.
I'VE DONE EVERYTHING I CAN
TO MAKE THIS PARTY PERFECT.
I BOUGHT FLOWERS FOR TENS OF
THOUSANDS, I TOOK A DAY OFF,
I USED THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE...

She sobs and says YOU DESTROYED MY BIRTHDAY.
YOU HUMILIATED MY NIECE.

Benedikt says ARE YOU KIDDING? FOR REAL?

Steinnun says I WAS ASHAMED OF YOU.

Benedikt says THIS IS HOW YOU THANK ME?
IF SOMETHING WAS WRONG,
IT WAS YOUR FAMILY.
THEY CAN'T SING...
AND NEVER HAVE ANY FUN.
CONSERVATIVE TRASH!

He continues playing the piano as Steinnun leaves the room hysterically crying.

(CONTINUES PLAYING)

Music plays as the end credits roll.

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