Iceland has selected Life in a Fishbowl as its entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar. The film was elected in an all members vote of the Icelandic Film and TV Academy.
Life in a Fishbowl is directed by Baldvin Z, who also writes the film’s screenplay along with Birgir Örn Steinarsson, and is produced by Júlíus Kemp and Ingvar Thordarson of The Icelandic Film Company. The film premiered in Reykjavik in May and has been enjoying a local box office success. It had its international debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September.
Life in a Fishbowl is a multiple-narrative drama that tells three distinct stories of people living in pre-crisis Iceland; a struggling single mother, an ex-footballer fast-tracking in the accelerating banking world and a troubled writer who has turned full time drunk.
Iceland has had two nominated films in the Oscar race; Children of Nature by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson was nominated as the Best Foreign Language Film in 1992 and The Last Farm, by Runar Runarsson, was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film in 2006.