Ártún, the most recent short film by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, won a Special Jury Prize in the Shorts Competition at the RiverRun International Film Festival. The festival took place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA from April 16 through 26. A year ago, Gudmundsson‘s earlier short film, the multiple-award winning Whale Valley, won a Special Jury Prize for Emotional Authenticity at the same festival.
Ártún has now won four international awards since it premiered last October at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, the other three being the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival, the top prize at the Brest European Short Film Festival and the top prize at the FEC Festival in Reus, Spain. Ártún has now been selected for more than 20 international film festivals. It was also nominated for an Icelandic Academy Award for best production design (Linda Stefánsdóttir).
Ártún is about a young boy who wants to have his first kiss but has no luck in the small village he lives in. His best friends tell him about girls in the city that get high and easy to make out with when they smoke cigarettes. He questions their story but still decides to join them to the city and find out for himself.
Ártún was written and directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson and was produced by Anton Máni Svansson for Join Motion Pictures in association with Sagafilm and the Danish production company Fourhands Films. It is co-produced by Rúnar Rúnarsson and shot by Sturla Brandth Grovlen. Brandth Grovlen recently won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the Berlin International Film Festival, for the film Victoria, a 140-minute drama shot in a long single take.
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