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Baskavígin wins best documentary

The Spanish/Icelandic documentary Baskavígin: The Slaying of the Basque Whalers has won Best Documentary Feature at the Richmond International Film Festival in the United States.

Directed by Aitor Aspe, the documentary follows Icelandic scholar Jón Gudmundsson, who is waiting for the arrival of 86 Basque whalers on the shore of northern Iceland. What he doesn’t know is that their journey will be fraught with peril and many of them will eventually be slaughtered in one of the biggest massacres in Icelandic history.

This is the film’s first award, and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson was nominated for an Edda Award for his original score.

 

Trailer for Baskavígin:

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.