Transcript: The Minister - Episode 6 | Nov 05, 2020Clips from the previous episodes roll.
Benedikt says THERE WILL BE NO COALITION IF TWO CONDITIONS AREN'T MET. OUR PARTIES HAVE TO GET THE MAJORITY OF VOTES, AND 90 percent OF REGISTERED VOTERS MUST VOTE.
In her car, Steinunn says MY BROTHER THORGEIR SAID YOU LOST ALL CONTACT WITH REALITY.
Benedikt says I HAD CRIED FOR THREE DAYS WHEN THEY TOOK ME TO THE HOSPITAL. SOMETHING JUST BROKE.
Steinunn and Thorgeir Junior have an argument.
Thorgeir Junior says I WAS THERE. IT WAS NOT NORMAL.
Steinunn says IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU.
Thorgeir Junior says HE'S BIPOLAR.
At the airport, Benedikt says MADAME PRESIDENT. GIVE ME THE POWER.
He shakes hands with the president.
Ottar says WHAT'S THIS?
At a bar, Hrefna says I SEEM TO REMEMBER IT'S YOUR BOSS'S BIRTHDAY.
Ottar says IS THE GOVERNMENT PAYING 70,000 FOR A BUNCH OF FLOWERS?
At the Ukrainian family's house Benedikt addresses the immigration police and says THEY ARE ICELANDIC CITIZENS. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO HERE.
Hrefna says HOW DID YOU DO IT?
Benedikt says I MADE EMERGENCY LAWS AS THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE HOLDER OF THE PRESIDENT'S POWER.
Hrefna says AND WHO SIGNED THE LAW?
Benedikt says I DID.
Hrefna says NO ONE ELSE?
Benedikt says NO.
Hrefna says YOU VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION.
Benedikt says OF COURSE NOT. GRIMUR WILL SIGN IT.
Hrefna says IT'S ILLEGAL TO DO IT AFTERWARDS.
In the bathroom at Steinunn's party, Grimur says to Ottar IF YOU WANT A STORY THAT MATTERS, I WOULD TAKE A LOOK AT BENEDIKT.
Ottar says OH?
Grimur says THE LAW STATES THAT MINISTERS MUST BE OF SOUND MIND. (CHUCKLES)
Ottar says WHAT?
The opening credits roll.
Early in the morning, Benedikt is up and paints a room pink, then plays the piano.
(HUMMING) (LEO PANTING) (CONTINUES HUMMING)
Benedikt says WAIT A MINUTE... (SIGHS HEAVILY) (EXHALES AND PLAYS)
He calls Salome.
(CELL PHONE RINGING)
Benedikt says HELLO?
She wakes up and says HEY, HEY.
Benedikt says GOOD MORNING. (CHUCKLES)
Salome says BENEDIKT. IT'S 7:00.
Benedikt says YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO GO TO SLEEP AGAIN AFTER HEARING WHAT I'M COMPOSING. I'VE STARTED WRITING THE MUSICAL.
Salome says AREN'T YOU TOO BUSY TO WRITE A MUSICAL?
Benedikt says IT'S JUST SUCH AN IMPORTANT MUSICAL. MELODIA. I MEAN... WE'LL DO IT TOGETHER, YOU AND ME, IN AKUREYRI.
Salome says OUR SCHEDULE IS FULL.
Benedikt says THEN YOU HAVE TO RESCHEDULE FOR THE BIGGEST THEATER EVENT OF THE YEAR.
Salome says BENEDIKT.
Benedikt says WE NEED GREAT ACTORS, DANCERS... WE NEED A MALE CHOIR. AND WE NEED... A GREAT SCENOGRAPHER. I VISUALIZE A MOUNTAIN RANGE ON STAGE...
He spots Steinunn in the kitchen and says ARE YOU UP, MY LOVE? GOOD MORNING. (CHUCKLES)
Benedikt says YES, AND...
Benedict sighs and says BENEDIKT. WE'VE ALLOCATED ALL OUR BUDGET FOR THE YEAR.
Benedikt says SALOME... DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE FINANCING. I'VE GOT GRANTS, DISCRETIONARY MONEY.
Salome says NO... BENNI...
Benedikt says ME AND... ME AND... AND...
Salome says WE CAN DISCUSS THIS LATER.
Benedict says ME AND STEINUNN! WE'VE GOT LOTS OF MONEY. WE'RE 100 percent BEHIND THIS.
Salome says YES.
Benedikt says GOD ONLY KNOWS HOW MUCH HER FAMILY HAS STOLEN. THEY CAN GIVE SOMETHING BACK.
Salome says THE ENTIRE SEASON HAS BEEN SCHEDULED.
Benedikt says YES. RIGHT.
A man over the radio says THIS IS THE 7:00 NEWS.
Salome says CAN'T WE DISCUSS THIS LATER?
He sits at the piano and says IT GOES LIKE THIS...
The man on the radio says BENEDIKT RIKARDSSON IS THE MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN IN THE COUNTRY ACCORDING TO A NEW POLL. 67 percent OF VOTERS TRUST HIM.
Benedikt chuckles and says DO YOU HEAR THAT, SALOME? WE'RE THE MOST POPULAR! (SNICKERS)
Benedikt says STEINUNN, DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? IT'S AMAZING. SALOME. IT WILL START LIKE THIS... (SINGING)
Benedikt says AND THEN, IT'S A PAEAN TO GOD AND ENDS WITH... "AMEN!"
Steinunn looks at him act weird and walks upstairs.
Benedikt says HOW DO YOU LIKE IT? (PIANO PLAYING)
The theme music plays. The flag of Iceland appears on Benedikt's face. The name of the series reads "The Minister."
At a meeting in Parliament, Benedikt plays a piano song in his head as Valgerdur reads a report.
Valgerdur says SINCE WE ISSUED OUR OWN CURRENCY, THE KRONA HAS LOST 99.9 percent OF ITS VALUE. IN THIS REPORT, THE CENTRAL BANK COMPARES ALL THE CURRENCIES THAT WE COULD USE. AND THE CONCLUSION IS CLEAR. THE PUBLIC BENEFITS FROM USING A MORE SOLID CURRENCY. WE SHOULD START WHILE THE ECONOMY IS IN GOOD SHAPE.
Svanhvit says FINANCE MINISTER, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST REPORT WITH THIS PROPOSAL. I DON'T KNOW WHY WE SHOULD DO IT NOW.
Valgerdur says THAT'S BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS HAPPY WHEN THE KRONA IS STRONG, BUT THEN IT COLLAPSES, AND THEN IT'S NO FUN BEING ICELANDIC.
Svanhvit says IT'S A SIMPLIFICATION.
Benedict listens to his own voice in his head say CHANGES ARE ALWAYS DIFFICULT, BENNI. LISTEN TO YOUR CONVICTIONS AND EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. NOBODY IS ASKING FOR THIS RIGHT NOW.
A minister says MINISTER, SHOULDN'T WE THINK AHEAD?
Valgerdur says THIS IS THE DEEPEST ANALYSIS WE CAN GET. THE EURO IS THE CURRENCY THAT'S BEST FOR US. OUR TRADE IS MOSTLY WITH COUNTRIES USING THE EURO. AND THAT'S NOT EVEN THE MAIN POINT. WE OWE THE NATION A DISCUSSION. WE CAN'T USE AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT SWINGS LIKE A LEAF IN A STORM.
Svanhvit spots Benedikt writing music as Valgerdur speaks.
Svanhvit says WHAT DOES THE PRIME MINISTER SAY?
Benedikt says MMM. WHAT?
Svanhvit says THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY WILL NEVER SUPPORT THE EURO.
Benedikt says NO... YES. WE AGREED TO REVIEW THE CURRENCY SITUATION.
Svanhvit says PRIME MINISTER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION.
Benedikt says YES. EUROPE IS BEAUTIFUL. (BENEDIKT CHUCKLES) TRAINS... ST. PANCRAS IN LONDON. THE CATHEDRAL OF TRAIN JOURNEYS. SYMPHONIES. ENGINEERING AND MUSIC AT THE SAME TIME. AND THE BLACK MADONNA IN ROCAMADOUR. IT'S A PLACE THAT CHANGES YOU. I WAS... WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE BUDGET.
Svanhvit says OH?
Benedikt says YES, WE HAVE TO GIVE MORE MONEY TO CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
Another minister says MMM-HMM.
Benedikt says HMM.
Svanhvit says SHOULDN'T WE JUST DISCUSS ONE THING AT A TIME? FINANCE MINISTER, WE WILL NEVER ACCEPT THIS.
Benedikt says WHY DON'T YOU WANT ANOTHER CURRENCY?
Svanhvit says BECAUSE...
Benedikt says DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO LOSE?
Svanhvit says SORRY. EXCUSE ME?
Benedikt says NO. EXCUSE ME. WE, THE OTHER PEOPLE HERE, WE PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE. IF YOU'RE NOT TAKING PART IN THAT, YOU'RE NOT TAKING PART.
Svanhvit says I'M GOING TO MAKE IT A CONDITION THAT THE PARTY SAYS YES TO IT.
Benedikt says GREAT. WRITE IT DOWN. WHAT'S NEXT?
Outside in the hallway, reporters wait for Benedikt to come out of the meeting.
A reporter says WHAT WAS THE MEETING ABOUT?
Benedikt says UH, MONEY, MONEY... WE LOOKED AT WHAT CURRENCY WAS BEST FOR ICELAND. IT'S PROBABLY THE EURO.
The reporter says WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? BENEDIKT. CAN WE GET CLEARER ANSWERS?
Another reporter says WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
The first reporter says WE NEED CLEAR ANSWERS.
At her sonogram appointment, Steinunn's doctor says LET ME SEE. SEE. HERE'S THE HEARTBEAT. A FINE HEARTBEAT. (CHUCKLES)
Steinunn says WHAT ABOUT HEREDITARY DISEASES?
The doctor says WHAT DISEASES ARE IN THE FAMILY?
Steinunn says JUST THE USUAL ONES. LIKE MOST FAMILIES.
The doctor says OKAY.
Steinunn says FOR EXAMPLE... ATRIAL FLUTTER, PARKINSON'S, BIPOLAR DISORDER.
The doctor says ATRIAL FLUTTER IS NOT INHERITED, BUT BIPOLAR DISORDER CAN BE. IS IT A CLOSE RELATIVE?
Steinunn says NO.
The doctor says THEN WE WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT. YOU CAN COME AND SIT WITH ME. YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT IN SIX WEEKS. YOU CAN CALL ME IF YOU NEED ANYTHING.
Steinnun looks upset and sighs.
A man on TV says YES, THAT'S TRUE AND WE IN THE CENTRAL BANK HAVE PUBLISHED REPORTS SHOWING THAT THE EURO WOULD BE GOOD FOR ICELAND. IT WOULD MAKE OUR ECONOMY MORE STABLE IN THE LONG RUN. BUT THEN WE WOULD HAVE TO JOIN THE EU, AND IT'S NOT THE ROLE OF THE CENTRAL BANK TO HAVE AN OPINION ON THAT.
Hrefna spots Salome's grant application form on her desk.
Hrefna says "GRANT APPLICATION FORM."
She sees the score on her desk with the title MELODIA A MUSICAL BY THE PRIME MINISTER (PIANO PLAYING)
Hrefna says (DISTORTED) ARE YOU ASKING THE EUROPEAN UNION FOR A GRANT?
Benedict plays the piano in his office.
Hrefna says BENEDIKT?
Benedikt says HUH? YES.
Hrefna says WHAT'S THIS?
Benedikt says THE APPLICATION? IT'S A CULTURAL FESTIVAL.
Hrefna says WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?
Benedikt says HMM. I WAS PAINTING. ANYWAY, IT'S A MUSICAL BASED ON ICELANDIC MUSICAL TRADITION.
He takes off his shirt and puts on a zip-up jacket with a fish painted on the chest.
Hrefna says YOU HAVE TO CHANGE. YOU CAN'T HAVE PAINT ON YOUR SHIRT. CAN WE HOLD OFF ON THESE... PET PROJECTS?
Benedikt says PET PROJECTS? HREFNA. EVERYBODY THINKS ICELAND DOESN'T HAVE A MUSICAL HISTORY. THAT'S A MISUNDERSTANDING. WE WERE A VERY MUSICAL NATION.
Hrefna says YES, THE RHYMES.
Benedikt says NO, REAL MUSIC. IT'S ALMOST ALL LOST. IT'S TERRIBLE.
Hrefna says MORE TERRIBLE THAN THE RHYMES?
Benedikt says HREFNA. THE MANUSCRIPT COLLECTORS WEREN'T INTERESTED IN MUSIC. THEY ONLY WANTED LITERATURE. THEY DIDN'T KEEP THE MUSICAL MANUSCRIPTS.
Hrefna says YES, BUT YOU'RE DEEP IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE CURRENCY. HREFNA.
Benedikt says IT'S ALL CONNECTED. THE CURRENCY, MUSIC, NATURE, ICELAND. OUR MUSIC IS LOST. EVERYTHING BUT A SMALL MANUSCRIPT, MELODIA. THE JEWEL OF ICELANDIC MUSIC.
Hrefna says LISTEN, WE HAVE...
Benedikt says IT'S IN SOME CELLAR IN COPENHAGEN. WHEN WE WENT THERE AND TOOK THE MANUSCRIPTS IN THE LAST CENTURY, WE WEREN'T INTERESTED IN THAT ONE.
Hrefna says WHAT'S THAT?
Benedikt says THIS? THE FISH.
Hrefna says WHAT?
Benedikt says THE SOCIETY OF THEOLOGY STUDENTS. MY STUDENTS GAVE IT TO ME. TEACHER OF THE YEAR.
Hrefna says YOU CAN'T WEAR A HOODIE IN THE MINISTRY. HREFNA.
Benedikt says IT'S NOT A HOODIE. IT'S A PRIZE. (BENEDIKT CHUCKLES)
Benedikt says OKAY, SINCE IT'S SUCH AN ISSUE, I'LL GIVE IT TO THE EU.
Hrefna says NO, I'LL DO IT. I'LL TAKE CARE OF IT.
As he drives Sindri to Hrefna's house, Grimur listens to the radio.
A woman says FINANCE MINISTER VALGERDUR ODDSDOTTIR SAYS THE GOVERNMENT WENT THROUGH THE CURRENCY OPTIONS IN ITS MEETING THIS MORNING.
On the passenger's seat, Sindri says DAD.
Grimur says YES.
Sindri says MOM NEVER ALLOWS ME TO SIT IN THE PASSENGER SEAT.
Grimur says NO, THAT'S WHY IT'S OUR SECRET. DON'T TELL MOM. (SHUSHES) (GRIMUR CHUCKLES)
Sinfri says DAD. WHY AREN'T YOU MOVING WITH US?
Grimur says BECAUSE... MOM AND DAD ARE TAKING A BREAK.
Sindri says DAD. YOU CAN STAY IN MY ROOM.
Grimur says ISN'T IT BETTER THAT I STAY AT MY PLACE? THEN YOU'LL HAVE TWO ROOMS.
Sindri says NO.
They arrive at the building.
Hrefna says HI.
Grimur says SORRY, WE'RE SO EARLY.
Hrefna says NO PROBLEM. (CHUCKLES) HI, CUTIE.
Grimur says SO THIS IS THE PALACE?
Hrefna says YES, IT'S A PENTHOUSE.
Sindri says DO YOU WANT TO SEE MY ROOM, DAD?
Hrefna says I THINK YOUR DAD HAS TO GO.
Grimur says NO, I'M FINE. SHOW ME YOUR ROOM.
Hrefna says RIGHT.
In his room, Sindri shows him the colour of the walls and says ISN'T THIS A COOL COLOR? I PICKED IT.
Grimur says IT IS, SINDRI. IT IS.
Steinunn comes back home from the doctor's appointment and finds the house full of stuffed animals and other baby toys.
(THORGEIR JR. TALKING INDISTINCTLY)
In the kitchen, Thorgeir Senior says HAPPY BIRTHDAY THE OTHER DAY.
Steinunn says WHAT'S ALL THIS?
Thorgeir Senior says I HEARD AN HEIR WAS ON THE WAY.
Steinunn says OKAY. I HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE.
Thorgeir Senior says I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO SIT DOWN. THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD RUN, BUT NOW IT'S OVER.
Thorgeir Junior says I'VE TALKED TO MASS GENERAL HOSPITAL. THEY CAN TAKE HIM. YOU JUST SAY YES AND... I'LL BUY A PLANE TICKET, RENT A HOUSE, BENEDIKT RESIGNS, AND NOBODY HAS TO KNOW A THING.
Steinunn says YOUR DREAM IS BECOMING A REALITY.
Thorgeir Junior says OUR DREAM?
Steinunn says MMM.
Thorgeir Junior says HE'S CROSSED EVERY LINE. OFFENDED THE PARTY, THE NATION, MY DAUGHTER.
Thorgeir Senior says I'VE NOT SAID ANYTHING UNTIL NOW, BUT WHEN HE'S THREATENING THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF THE NATION...
Steinunn says THREATENING THE FAMILY BUSINESS, YOU MEAN.
Thorgeir Senior says THAT'S NOT IMPORTANT.
Steinunn says IS IT?
Thorgeir Senior says STEINUNN. HE'S NOT STOPPING. WE ARE OFFERING YOU A WAY OUT.
She turns around and walks away.
At Hrefna's door, Grimur says DO YOU NEED HELP?
Hrefna says NO, I'M FINE.
Ottar arrives and says DID SOMEONE ORDER A PIZZA? HERE'S A PEPPERONI, A MARGE... HELLO. DID YOU ORDER A PIZZA?
Sindri says YES.
Ottar says TWO?
Sindri says YES.
Ottar says SHOULD WE HAVE A PIZZA INSIDE? THE TWO OF US?
Ottar says OKAY...
Hrefna says SORRY, I THOUGHT YOU WOULD COME LATER.
Grimur says NO PROBLEM. NICE SEEING YOU. GOODBYE, SINDRI.
Grimur goes back in his ar and sighs.
(SIGHS) Benedict arrives home and says WOW! WHAT'S ALL THIS?
Steinunn says IT'S FROM DAD.
Benedikt says OH.
Benedict sits at the piano and plays.
(BENEDIKT PLAYING PIANO)
Steinunn says CAN WE TALK?
Benedikt says YES. PLEASE. (PATS CHAIR) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DISCUSS, MY LOVE?
She sits next to him and says CAN WE JUST...
He tries to kiss her and says MMM-HMMM.
She stops him and says CAN WE DISCUSS... THE CHILDREN'S ROOMS YOU'RE PREPARING?
Benedikt says AREN'T THEY GREAT?
Steinunn says I'M ONLY CARRYING ONE CHILD.
Benedikt says WE HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN. IT COULD BE A BOY OR A GIRL.
Steinunn says DO YOU THINK THAT'S NORMAL?
Benedikt says WHY WAS YOUR DAD HERE?
Steinunn says HE CAME FOR A VISIT.
Benedikt says WITH STUFF THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH FOR A KINDERGARTEN?
Steinunn says HE'S EXPECTING A GRANDCHILD, HE HAS TOO MUCH MONEY AND...
Benedikt says DO YOU THINK THAT'S NORMAL? Steinunn sighs and says HE'S JUST... CAN WE DISCUSS YOU? ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?
He grabs a stuffed toy and says ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME? WHAT? FUCK! STEINUNN. WE'RE BEING SPIED ON. THOSE ARE LISTENING DEVICES.
Steinunn says MY LOVE... IT'S A BABY MONITOR.
Benedikt says NO, IT'S YOUR DAD.
Steinunn says MY LOVE, WE HAVE TO SEE A DOCTOR.
Benedikt says A DOCTOR? BECAUSE OF THE BABY?
Steinunn says YOU HAVE TO SEE A DOCTOR. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG. YOU'VE STARTED DRINKING AGAIN, YOU DON'T SLEEP. YOU'RE MAKING VERY IMPORTANT DECISIONS WITHOUT THINKING... THORGEIR KNOWS DOCTORS IN MASSACHUSETTS, AND I THINK WE SHOULD GO THERE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS...
Benedikt says CAN'T YOU SEE THROUGH THEM? REALLY? DOES YOUR FATHER FIND NOTHING SACRED?
Steinunn says WHAT?
Benedikt says HE VISITS, A REAL COINCIDENCE, THE SAME DAY I OFFER THE NATION A NEW CURRENCY.
Steinunn says BENEDIKT, IT'S NOT ABOUT DAD.
Benedikt says IT IS.
Steinunn says NO.
Benedikt says YOU'RE DEFENDING HIM.
Steinunn says WHAT?
Benedikt says YOU'RE DEFENDING HIM.
Steinunn says JUST STOP!
Benedikt says YOU'RE DEFENDING YOUR FAMILY.
Steinunn says YOU ARE MY FAMILY.
Benedikt says OBVIOUSLY NOT. YOU ARE PART OF THE MOST PRIVILEGED FAMILY IN THE COUNTRY, AND WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, YOU'RE ONE OF THEM. AND YOU'RE READY TO...
Steinunn says DON'T SAY THINGS LIKE THAT!
Benedikt says HOSPITALIZE THOSE WHO WORK AGAINST THE FAMILY'S INTERESTS.
Steinunn says NO. YOU'RE SICK. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SAYING!
Benedikt says I'M NOT GOING TO ALLOW IT. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER I'M TALKING TO YOU OR YOUR DAD. YOU AND ME, STEINUNN... WE DON'T WORK ANYMORE.
He walks out of the house.
Steinunn exhales heavily and sighs with frustration.
In Hrefna's kitchen, he finds the manuscript and says ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Hrefna says HE'S ASLEEP.
Ottar says WHAT'S THIS?
Ottar says IS BENEDIKT WRITING A MUSICAL?
Hrefna says HE FOUND A VERY IMPORTANT MUSIC MANUSCRIPT IN COPENHAGEN.
Ottar says THIS IS A MANUSCRIPT.
Hrefna says MMM-HMM.
Ottar says "IT IS DARK. "DAVID HALLDORSSON AND RAGNHEIDUR BRYNJOLFSDOTTIR "TALK SOFTLY TOGETHER. "TELL ME THE TRUTH...
Ottar says "DID YOU LIE? "RAGNHEIDUR HOLDS THE PSALMS TIGHTLY." YOUR TURN. HERE.
Hrefna says "I'M YET A VIRGIN, UNTOUCHED BY MALE HANDS "AND TEMPTATIONS OF THE FLESH."
Ottar chuckles and says "NONSENSE. "THEN WHY IS THIS HALLGRIMUR SENDING YOU HIS PSALMS? "RAGNHEIDUR BECOMES HORNY AND COMES CLOSER." (CHUCKLES)
Hrefna says OKAY. HUH.
She turns to him and they start kissing.
Grimur listens to the radio as he drives.
A woman says THE ASSOCIATION OF FISHERIES IS AGAINST THE DECISION TO CHANGE THE CURRENCY. THEY SAY IT COULD BE FATAL FOR ALL THE EXPORT INDUSTRIES IF WE STOP USING THE KRONA. THEY ALSO SAY THAT ICELAND'S MONETARY INDEPENDENCE IS VALUABLE AND THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR MONETARY POLICY IS INDEPENDENT.
At Thorgeir Senior's, Grimur says YOU PROBABLY HAVE AN OPINION ON THE EURO ISSUE. I DON'T HAVE ONE. NOT LIKE YOU DO. I CAN SEE THE EURO'S MERITS... AND THE KRONA'S. THEN WE HAVE TO SEE WHAT'S BEST.
Thorgeir Senior says STOP THIS NONSENSE. WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Grimur says I WANT TO BECOME CHAIRMAN OF THE PARTY. (THORGEIR JR. SCOFFS)
Grimur says AND I WANT YOU TO SUPPORT ME.
Eggert says YOU THINK... YOU CAN MAKE A FOOL OUT OF ME, AND THEN COME HERE AND ASK FOR SUPPORT?
Grimur says YOU NEED A NEW CANDIDATE.
Eggert says YOU'RE PROTECTING AN INSANE MAN. AND IF IT'S UP TO ME, YOU'LL GO AS WELL. WHEN WE SWITCH...
Thorgeir Senior says EGGERT... WHY SHOULD I PUT MY MONEY ON YOU?
Grimur says BECAUSE OTHERWISE I WOULD BE AGAINST YOU, AND YOU'RE PLOTTING TREASON.
Eggert says WE'RE NOT PLOTTING TREASON. THE MAN IS INSANE.
Grimur says IT'S SIMPLE FOR ME. EITHER I SUPPORT BENEDIKT, PROTECT HIM UNTIL HIS MANIA IS OVER. AND YOU KNOW I CAN DO THAT. OR... I'LL PUSH HIM OFF THE EDGE... AND BECOME CHAIRMAN. IT'S UP TO YOU.
Ottar goes for a run at the pier.
Salome watches a video on her phone.
The woman on the video says THE EUROPEAN UNION SEEMS TO LOOK POSITIVELY AT ICELAND'S POSSIBLE APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE UNION. SOURCES THERE SAY THAT THEY ARE VERY INTERESTED IN DISCUSSING THE MATTER WITH THE ICELANDIC GOVERNMENT...
Ottar calls Salome.
(CELL PHONE RINGING)
Salome says SALOME.
Ottar says HELLO. MY NAME IS OTTAR BLONDAL. I'M A JOURNALIST.
Salome says HELLO. WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
Ottar says I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE MUSICAL BY BENEDIKT RIKARDSSON THAT YOU'RE GOING TO DIRECT.
Salome says NO, THAT'S NOT BEEN DECIDED.
Ottar says OH? BUT I'VE GOT AN APPLICATION TO THE CREATIVE EUROPE CULTURE FUND, AND YOU'RE THE DESIGNATED DIRECTOR.
Salome says UM... NO... IT'S NOT BEEN FINISHED. I CAN'T TELL YOU ANYTHING.
Ottar says IT SOUNDED A BIT STRANGE. BUT HE'S DONE THIS BEFORE?
Salome says HOW SO?
Ottar says JUST... BEING IMPULSIVE...
Salome says I DON'T KNOW HIM THAT WELL.
Ottar says NO... BUT WHAT ABOUT HIS MOTHER? DID YOU KNOW HER?
Salome says LISTEN. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS.
Ottar says OKAY. THANK YOU.
Hrefna walks in her office and finds two men waiting for her.
Hrefna says GOOD MORNING.
Ragnar says HELLO. RAGNAR, I'M THE MINISTRY'S LAWYER.
Hrefna says HREFNA.
Tryggvi says TRYGGVI.
Hrefna says HI. WHAT'S GOING ON?
Ragnar says WE'RE HERE BECAUSE OF THE MANUSCRIPT.
Hrefna says THE MANUSCRIPT?
Ragnar says BENEDIKT SAID YOU WOULD LEAD IT.
Hrefna says YES, RIGHT. AND... WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS?
Ragnar says WE'RE READY WITH A FORMAL DEMAND TO THE DANISH GOVERNMENT.
Hrefna says TO GET THE MANUSCRIPT HOME?
Ragnar says YES.
Hrefna says ISN'T THAT A BIT TOO FAST?
Ragnar says BELIEVE ME, WE'RE EXPERIENCED IN INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS. THIS IS ONE.
Hrefna says THIS IS NOT A CONFLICT.
Ragnar says YOU'RE OPENING UP THE MANUSCRIPT CASE AGAIN.
Tryggvi says THIS MANUSCRIPT IS PART OF RASMUS RASK'S PRIVATE COLLECTION. DENMARK OWNS IT. AND WE CONFIRMED THAT IN OUR AGREEMENT IN 1986. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET ALL THE MANUSCRIPTS RELATED TO ICELAND AND ICELANDIC HISTORY. THIS MANUSCRIPT IS THE BIGGEST PIECE IN OUR MUSICAL HISTORY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES.
Hrefna looks surprised.
At Benedikt's office, Ottar says ANOTHER THING, YOU'RE WRITING A MUSICAL?
Benedikt says YES.
Ottar says WHY?
Benedikt says WELL, I... I'M CORRECTING A MISUNDERSTANDING. MANY PEOPLE THINK ICELANDIC MUSICAL CULTURE STARTED IN THE 20TH CENTURY. THAT'S BECAUSE THE MANUSCRIPT COLLECTORS WERE NARROW-MINDED. ARNI MAGNUSSON SOMETIMES RIPPED UP MUSICAL MANUSCRIPTS AND USED THEM TO CREATE DUST JACKETS FOR THE SAGA MANUSCRIPTS. THANKFULLY, HE WASN'T ABLE TO RIP MELODIA APART WHERE WE HAVE 223 ICELANDIC SONGS THAT MY MUSICAL IS BASED ON.
Ottar says AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Benedikt says I DON'T WANT TO SAY TOO MUCH. I'M SEWING IT TOGETHER FROM OUR HISTORY. IT WILL BE A CULTURAL CARNIVAL.
Ottar says IS THE MANUSCRIPT IN DENMARK?
Benedikt says YES. IT'S BEING KEPT IN DENMARK, AND I'VE PUT TOGETHER... A GREAT LEGAL TEAM TO GET THE MANUSCRIPT...
Hrefna walks in.
Benedikt says HREFNA, HI. OTTAR... YOU KNOW EACH OTHER. HE CALLED ME AND WANTED TO DISCUSS MELODIA.
Hrefna says YES. CAN I TALK TO OTTAR?
Benedikt says OF COURSE. NO PROBLEM.
Ottar says LET'S TAKE A BREAK. EXCUSE ME.
Outside, Hrefna says WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
Ottar says I JUST CALLED HIM AND ASKED FOR AN INTERVIEW.
Hrefna says ARE YOU KIDDING? WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
Ottar says I'M JUST DOING MY JOB.
Hrefna says YOU SAW IT AT MY PLACE. IT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO GO ANYWHERE.
Ottar says BENEDIKT WANTED TO DISCUSS IT. (SIGHS)
Hrefna says IT WAS JUST SUPPOSED TO BE BETWEEN US. I TRUSTED YOU, OTTAR.
Ottar says IT'S JUST A CUTE NEWS STORY, NOT...
Hrefna says YOU CAN'T USE ME LIKE THIS. AM I SUPPOSED TO HIDE EVERYTHING FROM YOU?
Ottar says I HAVE TO DO MY JOB EVEN THOUGH WE'RE DATING.
Hrefna says ME, TOO. (OTTAR SIGHS)
Hrefna says SHOULD WE THEN BE... DATING?
Ottar walks back in Benedikt's office.
Benedikt says OTTAR, THE PREMIERE WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE TO THE WHOLE NATION.
At a session, Grimur says THE HONORABLE FINANCE MINISTER VALGERDUR ODDSDOTTIR WILL NOW SPEAK.
Valgerdur takes the stand and says HONORABLE SPEAKER. THE FLEXIBILITY OF OUR CURRENCY DOESN'T SEEM TO DEFEND OUR ECONOMY. INSTEAD IT SEEMS TO BE THE INDEPENDENT SOURCE OF INCREASED FLUCTUATIONS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR IS NOT ACCURATE.
Finnbogi takes the stand and says HONORABLE SPEAKER... THE ICELANDIC KRONA IS NOT JUST A CURRENCY. IT'S PART OF THE NATION'S SELF-IMAGE AND SELF-CONFIDENCE. WHEN WE HAVE OUR OWN CURRENCY, WE'RE A NATION AMONG NATIONS, IT HAS PROTECTED THE PILLARS OF SOCIETY WHEN WE'VE NEEDED IT TO. IT'S A STATEMENT SAYING THAT WE CAN BE AN INDEPENDENT SOVEREIGN NATION.
In Benedikt's imagination, a man stands up and starts playing a French horn.
Grimur says THE HONORABLE FINANCE MINISTER VALGERDUR ODDSDOTTIR WILL NOW ANSWER.
Valgerdur says HONORABLE SPEAKER. GERMANY USES THE EURO. FRANCE USES THE EURO. SPAIN USES THE EURO.
Other members stand up and start playing different orchestra instruments.
Valgerdur says IS THE HONORABLE MEMBER TELLING US THAT THEY ARE NOT INDEPENDENT NATIONS?
Benedikt pictures Svanhvit reciting in costume.
She says "SUSANNA, TRUE GODLINESS YOU EXPERIENCED "WHEN HE STOOD WITH YOU IN YOUR TRIALS. "AND SENT HIS FAITHFUL SERVANT, DANIEL, "YOUR INNOCENCE TO PROVE. "DECEITFUL MEN YOU SURROUNDED. "BOTH FOUGHT BUT ONLY REAPED DEATH."
He imagines Ottar playing the saxophone.
Eggert says IF IT WASN'T FOR THE KRONA, WE WOULD NEVER HAVE SURVIVED THE CRASH OF 2008.
The first man with the French horn says YES. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE
Grimur plays the triangle. FOR THE CRASH?
A woman says ICELAND HAS THE HIGHEST FOOD PRICES IN EUROPE. THIS IS AN ATTACK ON THE ECONOMY.
Now Benedikt pictures Grimur playing the plats.
The woman says AN INDEPENDENT MONETARY POLICY IS VITAL! THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK HAS NO BUSINESS HERE!
Benedikt imagines a girl choir singing.
A man says FOREIGN TRADE WILL INCREASE BY 23 percent IF WE ADOPT THE EURO.
Another man says WE MUST PROTECT THE LOCAL INDUSTRIES.
A third man says I HAVE SAID IT BEFORE, AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN. WE ARE TOO GOOD FOR THE EU!
Leon barks and Benedikt howls.
The man continues and Benedikt imagines him singing his words.
The man says THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY IS NOT ONLY AN ATTACK ON THE ECONOMY IT IS AN ATTACK ON OUR INDEPENDENCE I MUST SAY...
Hrefna watches the session from her office.
A man says I'M VERY SURPRISED IF THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY IS GOING TO DO THIS.
Grimur says THE HONORABLE... (SHOUTING) PRIME MINISTER BENEDIKT RIKARDSSON WILL NOW SPEAK!
Benedikt takes the stand and says HONORABLE SPEAKER. I PITY THE ICELANDIC KRONA. IT'S SICK. (SCOFFS) IT'S GOT A FEVER, IT GOES UP AND DOWN, BACK AND FORTH AND NEVER FINDS A BALANCE. WHAT KIND OF EXISTENCE IS THAT FOR THE KRONA? WHAT KIND OF EXISTENCE IS THAT FOR US, WHO DON'T OWN BILLIONS IN THE BANKS? HUH? WE, THE COMMON CITIZENS. WE HAVE TO BUILD OUR HOUSES ON THOSE SHIFTING SANDS. WE HAVE TO BASE OUR EXISTENCE ON THIS CRAZY THING THAT JUMPS TO THE SUN AND THEN INTO THE DARKNESS. IT'S GREAT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ENOUGH... AND GET RICHER AND RICHER. WHILE THE COMMON CITIZEN IS JUST TRYING TO PAY HIS LOANS, BUY FOOD, TAKE CARE OF HIS FAMILY. BUT IT CAN'T GO ON. IT'S A SICK SITUATION, AND THE KRONA IS THE PATIENT. AND WE HAVE TO HELP HER. I SUGGEST WE EUTHANIZE IT.
THAT WE FREE THE KRONA...
Grimur strikes the bell.
Benedikt says AND OURSELVES AT THE SAME TIME. AND THAT WE DO IT RIGHT AWAY.
Grimur keeps triking the bell.
Benedikt says I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT THE NATION DESERVES MORE. YOU'RE NOT THE NATION!
Benedikt raises his hands in a triumphant gesture as he pictures confetti falling on him.
Hrefna looks stunned and walks out of her office.
A reporter in the hallway says HREFNA, WHAT'S GOING ON? WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY FREEING THE KRONA?
Ottar says ARE WE CHANGING CURRENCY?
Hrefna says I DON'T THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT AIDES COMMENT ON ISSUES TO THE MEDIA. THANK YOU.
The reporter says BUT OFF THE RECORD. IS THAT THE PLAN?
Hrefna says NO COMMENT.
A man on the radio says PRIME MINISTER BENEDIKT RIKARDSSON HELD A FIERY SPEECH AT ALTHING TODAY. HE TALKED ABOUT FREEING THE KRONA AND USING THE EURO. MANY MEMBERS WERE CRITICAL OF HIS SPEECH, AND THE DISCUSSION, WHICH IS ONGOING, IS LIVELY AS THE OPPOSITION ACCUSES HIM OF BEING IRRESPONSIBLE.
Benedict hums as he works on the manuscript in his office.
The man on the radio says THE ISSUE WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON ICELAND'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EU. VALGERDUR ODDSDOTTIR WILL BE INTERVIEWED ON TV TONIGHT.
Steinunn walks in and says AREN'T YOU COMING HOME?
Benedikt says HOME? I NO LONGER LIVE WITH YOU.
Steinunn says SHOULD WE DISCUSS THINGS?
Benedikt says I'M WORKING.
Steinunn says HAVE YOU SLEPT AT ALL? LET ME HELP YOU.
Benedikt says HELP ME? DO YOU THINK I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE PLOTTING?
She stutters and says PLOTTING WHAT?
Benedikt says NO, OF COURSE, SORRY. YOU'RE OF COURSE JUST HELPING PEOPLE.
Steinunn says YOU NEED HELP.
Benedikt says NO, YOU NEED HELP. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NEED HELP. YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO CRUSH EVERY REFORM ANYMORE.
Steinunn says CRUSH REFORMS? WHAT...
Benedikt says STEINUNN... I CAN'T LISTEN TO THIS ANYMORE. I CAN'T DO THIS. I HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE. HMM.
Steinunn says DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR MOTHER DIED?
Benedikt says WHAT?
Steinunn says HOW DID SHE DIE? (SCOFFS)
Steinunn says SHE COMMITTED SUICIDE. (SIGHS)
Benedikt says IS NOTHING SACRED?
Steinunn says SHE WAS SICK.
Benedikt says NONSENSE.
Steinunn says SHE WAS SICK... MY LOVE. SHE WAS BIPOLAR. SHE DIDN'T GET HELP. I TALKED TO YOUR FATHER. BIPOLAR DISEASE IS INHERITED. MY LOVE...
(BENEDIKT BREATHING HEAVILY)
Steinunn says GETTING SICK DOESN'T MEAN LIFE IS OVER, BUT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO GET THE RIGHT TREATMENT. HEY... DIDN'T WE PROMISE EACH OTHER TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER? REMEMBER WHEN WE MET?
Benedict hits a call button under his desk.
Steinunn says YOU HAD A FLAT TIRE, AND I HAD TO CHANGE IT BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T KNOW HOW. REMEMBER WHEN I FELT SO TERRIBLE BECAUSE I COULDN'T GET PREGNANT? AND YOU SAT WITH ME AND SAID IT WOULD BE OKAY AGAIN AND AGAIN. MY LOVE. (DOOR OPENS)
Dorn walks in and says ID YOU CALL?
Benedikt says YES. STEINUNN, I... I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. PLEASE TAKE HER OUT OF HERE, ORN.
Orn stutters and says ISN'T SHE YOUR...
Benedikt says YES. SHE IS A THREAT... TO THE SECURITY OF THE STATE.
(BENEDIKT BREATHING HEAVILY)
Steinunn looks down and walks to the door.
Orn says COME WITH ME.
As they leave, Benedikt locks the door.
Outside, Orn says DO YOU WANT ME TO CALL YOU A TAXI?
Steinunn says NO. THANK YOU.
Looking defeated and upset, Steinnun leaves the building.
Valgerdur sits at the hairdresser's chair.
The hairdresser says YOU'LL JUST COME IN WHEN THE GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK FINISHES. THERE'S A LOT GOING ON. (CHUCKLES) ARE WE ADOPTING THE EURO?
Valgerdur says WHAT? NO, I THINK IT WON'T BE SOON. BUT IT'S ON THE AGENDA.
Benedikt walks in and says GOOD EVENING.
The hairdresser says GOOD EVENING.
Valgerdur says GOOD EVENING?
Benedikt says LISTEN... I'LL DO THE INTERVIEW.
Valgerdur says I'M THE FINANCE MINISTER.
Benedikt says YES. THIS IS NOT ABOUT FINANCE.
Valgerdur says I'VE GOT A FEELING YOU DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THIS.
Benedikt says I KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I THINK I SEE IT IN A LARGER PERSPECTIVE THAN YOU. I'LL DO IT. NO WORRIES.
A woman says WE HAVE TO PUT A MIC ON THE PRIME MINISTER.
The interviewer says NEXT, I'LL INTERVIEW THE PRIME MINISTER, NOT VALGERDUR.
Benedikt says HELLO. NICE TO SEE YOU. GOOD EVENING.
The interviewer says GOOD EVENING. WELCOME.
A man at the control room says YOU'RE ON THE AIR.
The interviewer says LET'S START. YOU SAID TODAY THAT YOU WANTED TO FREE THE KRONA. WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
Benedikt sighs and says JUST ADAPT A NEW CURRENCY.
The interviewer says RIGHT.
Benedikt says YES.
The interviewer says RIGHT.
Benedikt says YES.
The interviewer says OKAY.
Benedikt says SEE... MICKEY MOUSE ISSUED A CURRENCY... (BOTH CHUCKLE)
Benedikt says YES. IT WAS CALLED THE DISNEY DOLLAR. IT WAS LARGER AND MORE STABLE THAN THE ICELANDIC KRONA.
The interviewer says MMM-HMM. THE CURRENCY IS...
Benedikt says MICKEY MOUSE STOPPED USING THAT CURRENCY YEARS AGO JUST BECAUSE IT WAS TOO SMALL.
The interviewer says IS THE KRONA TOO WEAK FOR MICKEY MOUSE?
Benedikt says DON'T TWIST THINGS. I'VE GOT TONS OF REASONS FOR ADOPTING A NEW CURRENCY. THE BIGGEST REASON, HOWEVER, WILL ALWAYS BE... THAT THE ICELANDIC KRONA CREATES DISCRIMINATION.
As he watches the interview, Thorgeir Senior says ARE YOU STILL TRYING TO CALL HER?
Thorgeir Junior says I SYMPATHIZE WITH HER.
Thorgeir Senior says WE SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THIS MUCH EARLIER.
Thorgeir Junior says IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE.
Thorgeir Senior says NOT? HE'S DESTROYING THE EEA AGREEMENT, AND YOU'RE STILL ALLOWING YOUR SISTER TO CONTROL THIS.
Thorgeir Junior says NO. I JUST THINK IT'S ALL RIGHT TO SHOW HER SUPPORT.
Thorgeir Senior says WE HAVE TO HAVE HIS SELF-DETERMINATION RIGHT REMOVED.
Thorgeir Junior says SHOULDN'T WE START BY GETTING HIM TO A DOCTOR?
Thorgeir Senior says PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR IT.
Thorgeir Junior says BUT TAKING HIS SELF-DETERMINATION AWAY? ISN'T IT ENOUGH TO PUT HIM IN A HOSPITAL?
Thorgeir Senior says IF HE LOSES HIS RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION, HE CAN'T BE A MINISTER.
The interviewer says WE WOULD HAVE TO BECOME PART OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THAT WILL TAKE YEARS. MY SOURCE SAYS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE THE MAJORITY TO DO THAT.
Benedikt says WHAT? WHO SAYS THAT?
The interviewer says I CAN TELL YOU IT'S TRUE.
Benedikt says I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE KRONA.
The interviewer says ME? (CHUCKLES) I'M INTERVIEWING YOU.
Benedikt says THEN DO THAT.
The interviewer says YES. OKAY... ALTHING WON'T AGREE TO APPLYING TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. HOW CAN WE THEN START USING THE EURO?
Benedikt says IF THE EUROPEAN UNION IS A PROBLEM, THEN WE DO IT WITHOUT ASKING.
The interviewer says WE CAN'T DO THAT.
Benedikt says WHO'S GOING TO STOP US?
The interviewer says THE EUROPEAN UNION.
Benedikt says IT'S NOT THEIR BUSINESS...
Benedikt says WHETHER WE PAY WITH KRONAS, EUROS OR FLOWERS. LET'S SAY YOU WANTED TO SELL ME THIS CAMERA.
The interviewer says MMM.
Benedikt says I PAID YOU IN LEGO. DO YOU THINK LEGOLAND WOULD INTERFERE?
The interviewer says I'VE GOT DOCUMENTS SAYING IT'S AGAINST THE EUROPEAN CHARTER.
Benedikt says YES... WELL, LET'S ASK THE SPECIALIST. HE'S THERE. THE GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK.
Benedikt says GUNNI, COME HERE.
The interviewer says BENEDIKT, LISTEN... I'M INTERVIEWING YOU.
Benedikt says I KNOW.
The interviewer says YOUR FELLOW MINISTERS IMPLY THAT YOU'RE BEING UNDEMOCRATIC...
Benedikt says NO, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT. GUNNAR, COME HERE.
The interviewer says THAT IS WHAT...
Benedikt says COME, GUNNAR... COME HERE, TALK TO US. GUNNAR, LET'S SAY I WAS GOING TO BUY THIS CAMERA AND PAID HIM IN LEGO, WOULD LEGOLAND INTERFERE?
Gunnar says UH...
Benedikt says IS THERE A LAW THAT STOPS US FROM USING THE EURO UNILATERALLY?
Gunnar says WELL... THE EUROPEAN UNION CONSIDERS IT AN INTERVENTION INTO THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE UNION, (CHUCKLES) AND THAT MEANS THIS IS ALMOST A DECLARATION OF WAR.
Benedikt says NO... MONTENEGRO DID IT, KOSOVO DID IT.
Gunnar says BENEDIKT. THAT WAS BEFORE THE EU CHANGED ITS POSITION ON THIS.
Benedikt says THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. DO YOU WORSHIP THE KRONA? WHY DO YOU TALK TO THAT MAN?
The interviewer says THAT MAN? HE'S THE GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK. HE'S SAYING YOUR PROPOSAL IS VERY DOUBTFUL.
Benedict points at Gunnar and says YOU'RE THE HEAD OF THE KRONA.
He looks at the interviewer and says IF WE STOP USING THE KRONA, HE'S OUT OF A JOB.
Gunnar says NO, NO. (LAUGHING)
Benedikt says IF YOU ASK THE HEAD OF LEGOLAND IF THEY SHOULD STOP USING LEGO, HE WON'T ALLOW THAT.
The interviewer says NO. WE HAVE VERY DIFFERENT OPINIONS HERE... WE CAN'T GET ANY FURTHER TONIGHT.
Benedikt says INCREDIBLY UNPROFESSIONAL.
The interviewer says THANK YOU FOR COMING.
Benedikt says YOU TWO SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO THE NATION. (GUNNAR CLEARS THROAT)
The interviewer says THANK YOU, GUNNAR.
As she sees the interview in her office, Hrefna sighs and rests her head on her hands.
(KNOCK ON DOOR)
Ragnar walks in and says WE GOT AN ANSWER FROM DENMARK.
Hrefna says OH?
Ragnar says THEY WON'T RELEASE THE MANUSCRIPT.
Hrefna says OKAY.
Tryggvi says I THINK WE SHOULD SUE THEM.
Hrefna says WHO?
Tryggvi says DENMARK.
Hrefna says NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO SUE DENMARK.
Ragnar says THIS IS A LEGAL DEMAND. WE'RE PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF ICELAND.
In Grimur's office, Valgerdur says I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO THE INTERVIEW. HE JUST WENT ON LIVE TV AND DAMAGED OUR POSITION. YOU CAN EXPECT A PROPOSAL TO DISSOLVE ALTHING.
Grimur says FROM WHOM?
Valgerdur says US. AND PROBABLY MEMBERS FROM ALL PARTIES.
Grimur says VALA. I HAVE TO TELL YOU A SECRET. I REALIZE THIS IS VERY SERIOUS. BUT IN CONFIDENCE... WE'RE GOING TO FIND A NEW LEADER. BENEDIKT HAS LOST THE PARTY.
Valgerdur says OKAY.
Grimur says YOU AND ME, WE'VE ALWAYS WORKED WELL TOGETHER.
Valgerdur says WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?
Grimur says IN A WEEK OR TWO.
Valgerdur says TWO WEEKS. AND WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY PEOPLE?
Grimur says IF YOU KEEP THEM CALM, WE CAN DO IT.
She smirks and nods.
Hrefna walks towards Benedikt's office.
In the hallway, a man says THEY'RE ALWAYS TOGETHER.
A woman says CAN I SEE?
The man says GREAT.
The woman says HAVE A NICE EVENING, HREFNA.
The man says SEE YOU TOMORROW.
The woman says CAN I SEE?
Hrefna enters Benedikt's office.
Benedikt is playing the piano and singing.
He stops as she walks in and says HREFNA. (CHUCKLES) COME IN. I'M GOING TO PLAY AN ICELANDIC JEWEL FOR YOU. (BENEDIKT CLEARS THROAT) (CONTINUES PLAYING AND SINGING) (WHISPERING)
He says TURN YOUR PHONE OFF.
Hrefna whispers WHAT?
Benedikt says THEY'RE LISTENING.
Hrefna says WHO'S...
He shushes her and says THERE WERE LISTENING DEVICES IN MY HOME. I ASKED ORN TO CHECK THE OFFICE. HE DIDN'T FIND ANYTHING, BUT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL. TURN YOUR PHONE OFF.
She turns her phone off.
Benedikt says OKAY. STEINUNN AND I ARE GETTING A DIVORCE.
Hrefna says NO?
Benedikt says YES. HER FAMILY IS READY TO DO ANYTHING. WHEN WE TRY TO GIVE THE NATION A NEW CURRENCY, THEY TURN AGAINST US. EVERYBODY HAS TURNED AGAINST US. IT'S JUST YOU AND ME.
Hrefna says BENEDIKT. DON'T YOU HAVE TO REST?
Benedikt says NOW? NO. THE NATION HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET A NEW CURRENCY FOR DECADES. BUT THOSE PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS ABLE TO STOP IT. BUT NOW WE WON'T GIVE UP. IT'S JUST YOU AND ME AND MELODIA, OF COURSE.
Hrefna says LET'S FORGET MELODIA FOR A SECOND. DENMARK SAID NO, BUT... YOU AND STEINUNN...
Benedikt says WE CAN'T FORGET MELODIA. IT'S IMPORTANT, HREFNA.
Hrefna says YES, BUT...
Benedikt says MELODIA MATTERS! IT'S OUR CULTURAL INHERITANCE. LISTEN... JUST LISTEN... (PLAYING AND SINGING)
Benedikt says CAN YOU HEAR HOW RED IT IS? HOW ICELANDIC?
Hrefna says YES.
Benedikt says SING WITH ME.
Hrefna says NO.
Benedikt says YES.
Hrefna says I CAN'T SING.
Benedikt says EVERYBODY CAN SING. JUST LISTEN TO THE KEY. CRYING... CRYING...
She sings CRYING...
Benedikt says YES. COME. LET'S SING. BREATHE DEEPLY. BREATHE... (EXHALES) CRYING... BREATH IN...
She sings CRYING...
Benedikt says THE DIAPHRAGM. CRYING...
Hrefna says CRYING...
He leans towards her and gropes her.
She pushes him away and says BENEDIKT! WHAT ARE YOU... WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?
Benedikt says YES, OF COURSE. I SEE. YOU'RE ONE OF THEM. YOU'RE NOT WITH ME. IF YOU'RE NOT WITH ME, YOU'RE AGAINST ME. OKAY... YOU DON'T HAVE ANY PLACE IN MY MINISTRY! GO OUT. YOU'RE FIRED.
He opens the door and says GO AWAY. ORN! TAKE YOUR STUFF. GO. WE'LL SEND IT TO YOU LATER. GO AWAY. OUT! I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU HERE AGAIN. (BREATHES HEAVILY)
Hrefna walks out of the office, then storms back in and finds Benedikt with his pants down, masturbating.
She says DO YOU KNOW...
In shock, she closes the door and walks away.
(BENEDIKT MOANING) (BENEDIKT BREATHING HEAVILY)
Music plays as the end credits roll.
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