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).

FILMS Gross BO (kr)        ADMISSIONS IN 2015
Hrútar/Rams 19.316.630 14.488
Fúsi/Virgin Mountain 15.558.364 11.579
Bakk/Reverse 9.205.840 7.414
Albatross 1.983.300 3.811
Óli Prik/The Coach 931.440 1.175
Austur/East of the Mountain 781.930 1.319
Blóðberg/The Homecoming 670.100 491
Algjör Sveppi og Gói Bjargar Málunum/The Biggest Rescue 414.614 366


Information via the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

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.