Twenty-four year-old Gulli is an oafish, overweight resident of the remote Westman islands, who drinks and eats to excess. Like many of his neighbours in the 5000-strong community, he is a fisherman in the North Atlantic. One fateful day, the boat, the Breki, capsizes in the freezing waters and Gulli is the only person to survive. Against the odds, he manages to swim for hours and then stagger over ice-laden rocks to seek medical assistance.
- Baltasar Kormakur