Hannes Thór Halldórsson
Action Crime Spoof 98'
Icelandic & English (ENG Subs)
Award Best Feature Film Debut - Lübeck Nordic Film Days 2021
Festivals Prague IFF 2022, OFF Camera FF 2022, Night Visions FF 2022, Seattle IFF 2022, Wicked Queer 2022, BFI Flare FF 2022, Roze Filmdagen FF 2022, Dublin IFF 2022, Tromsø IFF 2022, Ljubljana IFF 2021, Lübeck Nordic Film Days 2021, Busan FF 2021, BFI London FF 2021, Fantastic Fest 2021 WP Locarno FF 2021

Two Icelandic cops forced to work together become more than just buddies in this enjoyably explosive send-up of action movies.Two maverick Icelandic policemen pair up – in more ways than one – to catch a ruthless crime lord in this fast and furiously funny action spoof.

Cop movie cliches have been sent up before, but this Icelandic action comedy takes the homoerotic subtext of so many buddy movies and unapologetically comes out all guns blazing. Cop Secret embraces the genre’s more ludicrous tropes – expendable henchmen, Mexican standoffs – then gleefully squeezes them tighter. Debut feature director – and Iceland’s international goalkeeper, no less – Hannes Thór Halldórsson deftly adds his own surreal flourishes, so when these cops shoot over the top everybody still scores.
Leigh Singer, BFI London

In Hannes Thór Halldórsson’s eminently enjoyable romp the characters’ sexuality is part of the joke, but never the punchline – mainly because it’s too busy poking fun at the sheer absurdity of cop movie cliches, from ridiculous English-speaking villains and useless henchmen to exaggerated Mexican stand-offs. Not only is Cop Secret hilarious, it’s also guaranteed to be the only film you see this year that is directed by a former Iceland football star!
Grace Barber-Plentie, BFI Flare

"Refreshingly diverse and hilariously old-school"
- Rob Aldam, BFI London Review (Backseat Mafia)

"Knowing, sneaky, and deliciously deadpan, upending toxic masculinity."
- MaryAnn Johanson, BFI London Review (Flick Filosopher)

"Fast-Paced Nordic Cop Action Spoof With Progressive Bent"
- Martin Kudlac, "Cop Secret': Locarno Review (Screen Anarchy)

"Raucously entertaining Icelandic spoof"
- Neil Young, Locarno Review (Screen)

The film is written by Nína Petersen, Sverrir Thór Sverrison, and Halldórsson and produced by Lilja Ósk Snorradóttir ("Echo") for Iceland's Pegasus Pictures, which has provided production services on Sky's "Fortitude" and HBO's "Succession."

"Cop Secret" stars Audunn Blöndal ("The Garden"), Egill Einarsson ("Black's Game"), Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir ("The Garden"), Vivian Ólafsdóttir ("Echo"), Sverrir Thór Sverrisson ("A White, White Day"), and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, a lead character in A24's "Lamb", Netflix's "Eurovision Song Contest" and "The Witcher."