The Icelandic film Sparrows has won the Special Jury Award at the Transilvania Film Festival over the weekend.

The film, directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson, tells the story of sixteen-year-old Ari, who has been living in Reykjavik with his mother but is suddenly send back to the remote west fjords to live with his father. His relationship with his father has become difficult, and his childhood friends have changed. In these seemingly hopeless surroundings, Ari must step up and find his way.

Sparrows is currently in the middle of a strong festival run. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and also won the Golden Shell Award for Best Film at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain. In total, the film has won 17 international awards.

 

Also during the Transilvania Film Festival, at a special screening at the Banffy castle in Bontida, composer Bardi Jóhannsson provided musical accompaniment to Swedish/Danish classic Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922), a silent film for which he composed an original score in 2006.