The debut feature from Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, Heartstone, has won the Queer Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. It was one of ten films from all of the sections of the festival that were eligible for the award. The film also won second place for Best Film at the Venice Days.

The Queer Lion Award is awarded to the best film with homosexual and queer culture themes. Regarding their choice of Heartstone for the award, the jury wrote, “For the exquisite touch in showing the coming of age of two young friends and analyzing the acceptance of homosexual feelings and passions. For the strong and valid representation of the inner conflict that separates and then re-unites the two main characters, set against a natural environment as breathtaking as it can be hard and cruel.”

Previous Scandinavian winners of this award include The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper.

Heartstone had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and was also the first Icelandic film to be selected for the Venice Film Days.

 

Heartstone now continues its festival run. Next up are the Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival.