Iceland Film Admissions January – July 2015


Iceland has seen a strong year in cinema overall, with big names Virgin Mountain, Rams & Life in a Fishbowl being big hits overseas. Domestically, cinema attendance for the first six months of 2015 has been at its highest since 2011 with 68,721 admissions from 79 new films, according to FRISK, Iceland’s Association of Film and TV Rights Holders.

The most popular Icelandic film for the year so far is Rams followed by Virgin Mountain. The most popular Nordic film in Iceland is The Absent One. This year’s most popular Icelandic films so far is Rams by Grímur Hákonarsson followed by Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain. For Hallgrimur Kristinsson, Head of FRISK, admissions for the rest of the year look ‘promising’ with the upcoming releases of Baltasar Kormákur’s English languageEverest (September 18), Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows (October 16) and the Danish comedy Klovn 2 (the first film had over 42,000 admissions).

FILMSGross BO (kr)       ADMISSIONS IN 2015
Fúsi/Virgin Mountain15.558.36411.579
Óli Prik/The Coach931.4401.175
Austur/East of the Mountain781.9301.319
Blóðberg/The Homecoming670.100491
Algjör Sveppi og Gói Bjargar Málunum/The Biggest Rescue414.614366


Information via the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

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.