An Icelandic banker, fleeing from the collapse of the economy back home, has found himself in a remote village in the middle of China. Content with getting drunk and doing the odd book keeping job his expat life spirals out of control when The Icelandic government shows up with an arrest warrant. Escaping with the help of a local taxi driver they set out on a journey of self discovery, traveling through the wilderness of China on a mission to get to Beijing before the law catches up with them. In a vehicle fit for a king, a Red Flag limousine, they discover China and in the process…themselves.
This is a road movie in the classic sense, the way road movies were made in the 1970's America. Think Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and Two Lane Blacktop, movies that follow a journey of humans discovering their places and worth in an ever-changing landscape and society. Today, America is not the right place for such a story; although humans evolve and learn, the landscape of America has become so developed that a story of a parallel journey of man and country is hard to do. As seen from a foreign director's perspective, China is the perfect setting for a classic road movie of today. The country, the cities are developing at a breakneck speed and as such, the dynamics of the two men, lost, trying to find their places in the realm of things. This works perfectly with China's landscape of new highways, buildings and changing social status of its people.
American film producer and screenwriter, he's known for his work as producer of Jim Jarmusch's films Down by Law and Mistery Train. Cold Fever by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, In The Soup, The Living End and more recently Factotum.