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Georg Guðni

Georg Guðni
1.1.1961 – 18.6.2011

Dear Georg,

I’ve just learned that you suddenly left us yesterday, as summer in the North was arriving in earnest. This news leaves me shocked and saddened, as it must your wife Sigrún, your children, the rest of your family, and your many friends and admirers in Iceland and around the world. You have inspired us with your painting, your clarity of thought, gentleness, steadfastness and good humour. Perhaps like many of those who know you, I selfishly grieve over losing the physical proximity of your unique personal qualities and way of living. As someone who admires your painting process and results, I selfishly resent being deprived of the work you leave unfinished, and the many fine pictures to follow. As time advances and settles these strong first reactions into good memories, I hope to be able to consistently follow your good example: to watch, listen, and feel fully through all the days and nights I’m fortunate to spend on this earth. Thank you for your life and your friendship.

Love,
Viggo.

Valley Song

Dandelions, a dazzling mass!
Dimpled berries in the meadow!
Ditches deep in cotton grass!
Dandelions, a golden mass!
In your midst I ache to pass
all my years of sun and shadow!
Dandelions, a dazzling mass!
Dimpled berries in the meadow!

Dashing waters, faithful friends,
foaming over stony ledges
deep in dark sequestered glens!
Dashing waters, ancient friends!
Gushing gulleys! elfin dens,
girt with rock along the edges!
Dashing waters, faithful friends,
foaming over stony ledges!

Cloudy river, brisk and bright,
brawling down from mountain passes,
currents crinkling in the light!
Cloudy river, green and bright!
Here contentment nears its height,
here among your flowers and grasses!
Cloudy river, brisk and bright,
brawling down from mountain passes!

Crested summits crowned with snow!
Cliffs that hug the mountain’s shoulder!
Keep the country safe below,
crested summits white with snow,
guarding it from gales that blow
grimly as the year turns colder!
Crested summits crowned with snow!
Cliffs that hug the mountain’s shoulder!

Summer valley, blissful, blest,
brimmed with sunlight now and ever,
slowly sweeping east to west!
Summer valley, gorgeous, blest!
Childhood’s idyll, age’s rest
after years of long endeavor!
Summer valley, blissful, blest,
brimmed with sunlight now and ever!Dalvísa

Fífilbrekka! gróin grund!
grösug hlíð með berjalautum!
flóatetur! fífusund!
fífilbrekka! smáragrund!
yður hjá ég alla stund
uni best í sæld og þrautum;
fífilbrekka! gróin grund!
grösug hlíð með berjalautum!

Gljúfrabúi, gamli foss!
gilið mitt í klettaþröngum!
góða skarð með grasahnoss!
gljúfrabúi, hvítur foss!
verið hefur vel með oss,
verða mun það enn þá löngum;
gljúfrabúi, gamli foss!
gilið mitt í klettaþröngum!

Bunulækur blár og tær!
bakkafögur á í hvammi!
sólarylur, blíður blær,
bunulækur fagurtær!
yndið vekja ykkur nær
allra best í dalnum frammi;
bunulækur blár og tær!
bakkafögur á í hvammi!

Hnjúkafjöllin himinblá!
hamragarðar! hvítir tindar!
heyjavöllin horfið á
hnjúkafjöllin hvít og blá!
skýlið öllu helg og há!
hlífið dal, er geysa vindar!
Hnjúkafjöllin himinblá!
hamragarðar! hvítir tindar!

Sæludalur! sveitin best!
sólin á þig geislum helli!
snemma risin seint þá sest;
sæludalur! prýðin best!
þín er grundin gæðaflest,
gleðin æsku, hvíldin elli!
Sæludalur! sveitin best!
sólin á þig geislum helli!

 

Jónas Hallgrímsson, 1844
(English translation by Dick Ringler, 2002)

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A Dangerous Method is an upcoming historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play The Talking Cure, itself based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method.

The film marks the third consecutive and overall collaboration between Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen (after A History of Violence and Eastern Promises). This is also the third film British film producer Jeremy Thomas has made with Cronenberg, after together completing the William Burroughs adaptation Naked Lunch and the J.G. Ballard adaptation Crash. A Dangerous Method was a German/Canadian co-production.

Plot

Set on the eve of the World War II, A Dangerous Method is based on the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.

Cast

  • Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud
  • Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung
  • Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein
  • Vincent Cassel as Otto Gross
  • Sarah Gadon as Emma Jung

 

Release

Universal Pictures will release the film in German-speaking territories, while Lionsgate took rights to the United Kingdom. Sony Pictures Classics announced that they will be distributing A Dangerous Method in the United States. The film is scheduled for a European release in November 2011 after its world premiere at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.