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What Are The Films The Icelandic Goalkeeper Directs Actually Like?

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What Are The Films The Icelandic Goalkeeper Directs Actually Like?

Euro 2016 has been a mixed bag in many ways. Many of the so called 'stars' of the tournament have hardly sparkled.

The real highlights of the competition have come from teams pulling together to equal more than the sum of their parts. I think that's a saying anyway. I heard a football journalist say it once.

This includes Wales getting to the semi-finals of a major tournament and still going strong and Iceland being every England fans new favourite team. Along with their terrifying chanting and never-say-die attitudes, they've won the hearts of just about everyone who has seen them play.

What makes it even better is that football isn't even the main job for some of the Iceland teams. The manager is a dentist, for instance.

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Off the back of his exploits against Portugal, goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson could probably ease his way into a number of decent teams but his true calling is the arts. He's actually a film director.

So what is his work actually like? Is it as noir and bleak as the majority of Nordic fiction is?

Actually, no it isn't. But it's still pretty weird. Halldorsson actually directed the music video for his country's entry into the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.

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Here it is in all it's Disney's Frozen-esque meets Elf fan-fiction glory.

He's also shot an advert for Icelandair which features his international teammates.

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Halldorsson plays his club football in Reykjavik but still refuses to see football as his main job.

"I would say my full-time job is as a film-maker and that's where I get most of my money, but I try to balance both things perfectly," he told Sports Illustrated back in 2014. "It's a demanding job being a film maker, then I train at five every evening."

It seems very fitting that a man who literally has 'Thor' as his middle name has a God-like workrate.

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Lead Image Credit: PA

Topics: Director, Films, Iceland

Matthew Cooper
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