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Hlynur Pálmason wins at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

Hlynur Pálmason’s upcoming feature film A White, White Day has won an award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

The film won at the IFFR’s CineMart, which is a co-production market. It won the ARTE International Prize, which is given out to an international co-production. The jury said:

“The prize is given to a talented filmmaker preparing his second feature, which will be a mystery drama dealing with love and loss and taking place in a country that is rarely present on the screens. For the quality of his previous work, for an original and powerful artistic vision and an intriguing subject, the ARTE International Prize is awarded to A White, White Day by Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason.”

A White, White Day is about the responsible father, widower and small-town sheriff, Ingimundur, which will be played by Ingvar E. Sigurðsson. In the process of building a house for his daughter and granddaughter, he becomes obsessed with finding the man he suspects being involved with his wife’s disappearance. Over time his obsession gradually accumulates and inevitably begins to affect his loved ones.

A White, White Day will begin shooting in July this year.

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.