Vertigo Releasing announces the UK and Irish release of action-packed Icelandic comedy thriller with a twist, COP SECRET, on digital platforms on 16th May 2022.
Auðunn Blöndal stars as your usual maverick, hard-drinking, no-nonsense, brutal cop in a tight white vest… but he has a secret – he has a crush on hunky fellow policeman Hörđur (Egill Einarsson)! This distracts him from his job tracking down a supervillain robbing all the banks in Reykjavik.
COP SECRET is co-written and directed with infectious energy by Hannes Þór Halldórsson, a professional football goalkeeper who plays for Iceland’s national team, best known for turning away a penalty kick from Lionel Messi in the 2018 World Cup. Here, he makes his feature debut.
The film throws every buddy cop movie cliche into a blender, mixing in a generous dose of hilarious gags and superbly choreographed action sequences, as well as a long overdue look at the homoerotic subtext of Hollywood macho movies. Chuck in a villain who sounds like Donald Trump quoting Reservoir Dogs, and you have all the ingredients for a riotous good time, Icelandic-style.
Nominated for the Golden Leopard at Locarno last year, COP SECRET also received the warmest of receptions at London’s BFI Flare last month. UK and Irish viewers can enjoy this festival crowd pleaser this May. Fast-paced, infectious and very, very funny – it’s not going to remain a secret for very long.
COP SECRET recasts the buddy cop action genre in Iceland, where Bussi, a tough ‘Super Cop’, begins to lose his cool when he’s assigned a new partner – the suave, cultured and self-declaredly pan-sexual Hordur Bess – fighting an inner struggle while investigating a string of bank robberies where nothing seems to have been stolen.