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The Night Shift

Production year: 2007 | 12*30 | Genres: Fiction
THE NIGHT SHIFT deals with a trio of hapless employees at a quiet gas station in Reykjavik City.
Origin country: Iceland
Production company: Saga Productions Ltd.
Original title: Næturvaktin
Original language: Icelandic
Formats: HD | 16:9

Meet a trio of hapless employees who work the night shift at a quiet gas station in Reykjavik. They pass the time during the cold Icelandic nights by avoiding work and alarming the few customers who pass by with their eccentric behaviour.

The station manager, Georg Bjarnfredarson, is an archetypical, over-educated communist who holds an impressive number of university degrees and grabs every chance to emphasise the fact. Georg also lives by a strict set of rules of his own invention, mostly involving weird dietary regulations and anti-capitalist propaganda. Lost in his fantasy of being a manager for a successful band, he constantly chases anything that glitters while cultivating a faux veneer of pop-culture coolness.

In an off kilter way THE NIGHT SHIFT deals with a hotbed of social issues, ranging from immigration and politics to women’s rights and fame through characters sprinting down a path of self destruction.

This 12 part series was a massive hit when it launched on Channel 2 in Iceland in September 2007, with fantastic ratings it became the must-see program of the season. At the 2007 Icelandic Film and Television Awards, THE NIGHT SHIFT received awards for ‘Best Television Show’ and ‘Most Popular Television Show’ of the year.

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This program is featured in the following article(s):

The Guardian - Lighten up! Will our appetite for foreign language drama extend to comedy? (Sep 2015)

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