The Icelandic/Danish drama Sparrows has picked up the award for the New Europe competition at the Prague Film Festival Febiofest.

The film, directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson, follows the story of Ari, a teenager forced to move from Reykjavik to a remote town to live with his estranged father and grandmother in the isolated northern part of Iceland. Ari attempts to establish a relationship with his relatives and with a childhood friend.

The jury chaired by economist Jan Švejnar, praised the strong story. The jury also praised the actors’ performance and the film’s twist ending.

Read our interview with Runar Runarsson