Vertigo Releasing has today announced the UK and Irish release details for the fast-paced, infectious and hilarious Icelandic comedy thriller with a twist, Cop Secret (Leynilögga).
Co-written and directed with contagious enthusiasm by Hannes Þór Halldórsson, a professional football goalkeeper on Iceland’s national team, perhaps best known for stopping a Lionel Messi penalty kick during the 2018 World Cup, Cop Secret juggles every buddy cop movie cliché in the book with non-stop gags and a dizzying dose of stunningly choreographed action sequences, while also providing a long-overdue commentary on the homoerotic subtext of Hollywood macho movies.
The film stars Auðunn Blöndal (who also co-wrote the film) as Bussi, a no-nonsense cop in a tight white vest who starts to lose his cool when assigned a new partner – the suave, cultured, and self-declaredly pan-sexual Hordur Bess (Egill Einarsson) – fighting an inner struggle while investigating a string of bank robberies where nothing seems to have been stolen.
Nominated for the Golden Leopard at Locarno last year, Cop Secret was also received enthusiastically at London’s BFI Flare last month.
UK and Irish viewers can enjoy this festival crowd-pleaser this 16 May, 22 when it releases on digital platforms.