HEARTSTONE wins in Chicago

The Icelandic film Heartstone has picked up the Gold Q Hugo Award at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival.

The award honours films in the OutLook program featuring LGBT stories and perspectives. Last years winner of the award was Carol by Todd Haynes.

Regarding the choice of Heartstone for the award this year, the jury wrote: “For its piercingly honest portrait of adolescent sexuality, its alternately tough and warm empathy, and for how it effortlessly and evocatively captures a place and time”.

The films director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson attended the festival and was there to accept the award. Heartstone had its premiere in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Queer Lion Award. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival. Upcoming festivals include: Molodist Film Festival in Ukraine, CPH PIX in Denmark, Nordic Film Days in Lubeck, Germany, Sevilla European Film Festival in Spain, the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil and the Thessaloniki International Film festival in Greece.

Heartstone is set in a remote fishing village in Iceland and follows teenage boys Thor and Christian, who experience a turbulent summer as one of the boys tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings towards his best friend.

We spoke to Gudmundsson and producer Anton Mani Svansson in the new issue of Cinema Scandinavia, which you can order here.


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.