Litla Moskva

Litla MoskvaKlein Moskau / Little Moscow

Competition Documentaries, Iceland / Slowakei / Czech Republic 2018, 56 Min., icel. OV, engl. st

They called the town hall their “Kremlin” and sent their children to summer camp in East Germany. The town of Neskaupstaður was governed by socialists for more than 50 years. In the 1930s, three class-conscious workers from the local fish processing factories were elected to the town council and their communist ideas began to dominate. There was no unemployment, and the inclusion of the disabled became a matter of course. A hospital was built early on, and the municipal swimming pool remains an ornament to the town. It was not until the 1980s that the red star in Iceland’s sky began to fade. Yet, one of the old campaigners still prefers to be called “Stalin” – “the struggle continues!” … The film uses interviews and documentation to trace the ideals and achievements of the socialist municipal government, which succumbed to economic pressure, but are even today still a part of Neskaupstaður’s tourism campaigns.

Director Grímur Hákonarson

Screenplay Grímur Hákonarson

Producer Grímur Hákonarson

Production Company Hark Film, Mail:

Festival Contact Icelandic Film Centre, Mail:, Web:

Cast Guðmundur Sigurjónsson, Stella Steinþorsdóttir, Ingibjörg Thorðardóttir, Kristinn V. Jóhannsson, Smári Geirsson, Guðmundur Bjarnason, Hakon Hildibrand


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