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'Land Ho!': a delightful pensioners' comedy road movie


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'Land Ho!': a delightful pensioners' comedy road movie

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Feeling disenchanted with life after retirement, former surgeon Mitch convinces his ex-brother-in-law Colin to holiday with him in Iceland in ‘Land Ho!’.

The pair set off through Reykjavik’s ice bars, trendy spas, and adventurous restaurants in an attempt to reclaim their youth, but quickly discover that you can’t escape yourself.

Recently presented at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the movie was directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, two of the most exciting voices in American independent cinema.

“Iceland’s just one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit, and it was a character in the movie. And we thought it was fun to have these two guys stuck on an island, where they only have each other, and hilarity ensues from their isolation,” said Stephens about the film’s location.

A throwback to 1980’s road trip comedies, ‘Land Ho!’ is a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship.

Australian-born actor Paul Eenhoorn and relative newcomer Earl Lynn Nelson deliver pitch-perfect performances. Both were clearly enjoying the limelight on the red carpet in Los Angeles:

“I think we got to be closer, closer friends… especially when you’ve got enough tequila involved,” joked Earl Lynn Nelson.

“Yeah. We’ve kind of recognised each others strengths… and weaknesses,” added Paul Eenhoorn with a smile.

The movie has received mostly positive reviews on the film festival circuit from Sundance to Tribeca, with critics hailing co-director Aaron Katz as "America's Next Great" movie maker.

‘Land Ho!’ opens in the US this summer and is expected to be released worldwide later in the year.

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