Out of Thin Air

2017
  |  Book Tickets: 24/06/2017
  |  85 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Synopsis

Six people confess to two violent murders. But was it all in their heads? This is Iceland’s strangest ever criminal case, where nothing is as it seems. Dylan Howitt’s first feature documentary blends powerful eye witness interviews, contemporary archive, and dramatic reconstruction to bring to life an iconic tale. Iceland in 1974 was an isolated, insular place. Crime was rare, murder rarer still. So when a young man mysteriously disappeared one night it was thought he’d got lost in the treacherous lava fields that surround most towns. Some months later though another man vanished, and now foul play was suspected. It was a huge news story and the whole country demanded a resolution. The beleaguered Icelandic police launched their biggest ever investigation. By 1976 six young hippies had confessed in violent detail to two murders. When they were convicted and sent to prison it seemed the case had been solved and the nightmare was over. But had the six really been there the way they remembered it? Forty years on the bizarre true story of what really happened is only just emerging.

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