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HEARTSTONE wins the European University Film Award

The Icelandic film Heartstone has now picked up its 45th award after winning the European University Film Award.

Heartstone is the debut feature film from writer/director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson and tells the story of two boys over the course of a summer as they enter teenagehood. One boy develops feelings for a girl, and the other boy develops feelings for his friend.

The European University Film Award was launched in 2016 by the Prix Collégial du Cinéma Québécois (PCCQ), Filmfest Hamburg, and the European Film Academy (EFA) in association with the European Film Awards.

In their comments, the jury stated: “[Heartstone] offers an individual and unique perspective on the difficulty of experiencing and suppressing same-sex attraction in small, disconnected communities. As an up-and-coming talent, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson delivers an immersive story visualized by overwhelming natural landscapes and beautiful performances. It stands out not only because it is a good film, but also because it explores relevant contemporary issues within today’s society.”

Last year, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake won the first ever EUFA award.

Heartstone has recently picked up awards at the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival in South Africa, the Ljubljana International Film Festival in Slovenia, the Chéries-Chéris festival in Paris, Cinedays Festival of European Film in Skopje, Macedonia, and the Du Grain à Démoudre festival in France.

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.